Was it lack of intent or something else?-India Vs Newzealand review

Was it lack of intent or something else?-India Vs Newzealand review

November 03: Shaunak Panwalkar

Lack of intent is what we call these, rather a lot of commentators use this word if any of the batters fail to score proactively while on the crease, I think any player who gets the chance to play for his nation in the eleven wont just intend to score slowly or with lesser heart, all the factors come in place such as the condition of the wicket, situation of the match, the mental pressure these days the players face inside the bio bubbles. The Indians certainly have not played some great cricket for sure in this World Cup for sure but what comes into account is certainly their mental health in these continuous bubbles they are in right from the start of the first phase of IPL, to the England tour, COVID-19 amongst the group, then the IPL phase 2 and again the World Cup now. So the BCCI should consider the players mental condition and ample rest between two series as well.
Coming back to the Kiwi-India contest, the toss was the most crucial factor as we have seen the teams winning the toss have won 90% of the matches here in the UAE after choosing to bowl first. Such was the scenario after Kane Williamson chose to bowl, a new opening pair came into bat for the Indians in Ishan Kishan and Kl Rahul for some power at the top. But to India’s ill-fate, Kishan got out early trying to hit a short ball outside the boundary. Rahul and Rohit tried to settle but Rahul as well played a needless shot straight in to the hands of the boundary rider reducing India to 35 for 2. Rohit and then Virat too tried to hit the long ball against the spinners ending into the hands of the boundary fielders further blunting India to 48 for 4. No India batter found any kind of way to bail themselves out from the situation and stumbled on with Jadeja providing some finishing to take India to 110 runs in the end.
The Kiwi batters like the Pakistani batters immediately started to blow off the Indian pacers but Bumrah dented their line-up picking Guptill early. But Daryll Mitchell had different plans, he smacked the likes of Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja limiting any possibility of an outside chance to the Indians. He eventually got out to Bumrah in the end but New Zealand cruised to their first victory of the World Cup in just 14 overs courtesy, their captain Williamson who stood like a rock till the end. India’s outside chances of qualifying no longer rest in their hands now although Wednesday’s game will be a crucial one against Afghanistan.

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