New Zealand have all but knocked India out of the 2021 T20 World Cup after recording a comprehensive 8-wicket at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Put into bat first, India managed to score just 110-7 in their stipulated 20 overs. Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers bowlers for the Black Caps with 3/20 while Ravindra Jadeja top-scored for the Men in Blue with 26 not out off 19 balls.
In the chase, opener Daryl Mitchell scored a 35-ball 49 and captain Kane Williamson finished things off for his team.
After suffering another embarrassing loss against New Zealand at the T20 World Cup, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said: “I thought we were brutal up front. We weren’t brace enough when we entered the field, but NZ sustained that pressure.
“Every time we took a chance, we lost a wicket. It’s most often a result of hesitation of whether you should go for a shot or not. When you play for India, there are loads of expectations. We are watched, people come to the stadium and everyone who plays for India needs to embrace that and cope with it,” he added.
India will play their remaining games of the ongoing T20 World Cup against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia on November 3, 5 and 8, respectively.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) October 31, 2021
Disappointing performance by India. Really expected a better & strong performance! pic.twitter.com/gAwSikVEi4
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 31, 2021
Very disappointing from India. NZ were amazing. India’s body language wasn’t great, poor shot selection & like few times in the past, New Zealand have virtually ensured we won’t make it to the next stage. This one will hurt India & time for some serious introspection #IndvsNZ
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 31, 2021
Fear of Failure writ large within the Indian camp. You can’t be this bad #IndvsNZ
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) October 31, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 31, 2021
This hasn’t been expected from team India @BCCI Team India has always been amongst one of the favourites..sad & disappointed…well played @BLACKCAPS you guys played better cricket #IndiaVsNewZealand #ICCT20WorldCup2021
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) October 31, 2021
This defeat should hurt Team India. Tentative with the bat, their shot selection was questionable. New Zealand bowled superbly, but India made their task easier. With their net run rate also taking a beating, a semifinal spot looks a distant dream #INDvNZ #T20WorldCup
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 31, 2021
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 31, 2021
India's 2 consecutive losses has been an absolute aberration. Having said that credit to Pakistan & New Zealand for clinical performances #T20WorldCup
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 31, 2021
Worst win-loss ratio for #India in ICC limited overs tournaments (WC, CT, WT20):
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 31, 2021
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) October 31, 2021
Three of #India's six heaviest defeats in T20Is in terms of balls remaining have come in 2021.
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) October 31, 2021
Disappointing batting to say the least. #INDvsNZ
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 31, 2021