India vs England: Michael Vaughan Criticizes India’s Playing Style after Semi-final Exit
Former England captain Michael Vaughan slammed Team India’s outdated style of play after their semi-final exit in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. The cricketer-turned-commentator has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) hasn’t benefitted the Indian team, unlike the other country’s players.
India’s batting approach against England in the semi-final came under the scanner as they put up a below-par total after losing the toss. They managed only 38 in the powerplay, while England scored 63 without losing a wicket. Jos Buttler and Alex Hales chased the total with ten wickets to spare to reach the T20 World Cup final.
In his column for The Telegraph, Michael Vaughan wrote: “India are the most under-performing white-ball team in history. Every player in the world who goes to the Indian Premier League says how it improves their game but what have India ever delivered? India are playing a white-ball game that is dated and have done for years.”
The former captain shared how India have repeatedly failed to live up to the expectations and how they need to have a winning mindset moving forward.
Team India did well in the group stage of the T20 World Cup 2022
“India have to be honest now. What happens when India arrive at a World Cup? Everyone plays them up. Nobody wants to criticise them because you get hammered on social media and pundits worry about losing work in India one day. But it is time to tell it straight. They can hide behind their great players but it is about getting a team playing the right way as a whole,” he again shared.
However, Team India were arguably one of the favourites heading into the T20 World Cup 2022. With Rohit Sharma at the helm, India had won every bilateral T20I series and is currently number one in the ICC T20 rankings as well. Meanwhile, Vaughan also stated that India are not making the most of the talent they have and lashed out at them for underutilizing Rishabh Pant.
“I’m just staggered by how they play T20 cricket for the talent they have. They have the players, but just do not have the right process in place. They have to go for it. How they have not maximised someone like Rishabh Pant is incredible. In this era, put him up the top to launch it,” he concluded.