The Indian cricket team’s head coach Rahul Dravid and the skipper Rohit Sharma are getting slammed a lot by Indian cricket fans after England crushed India by 10 wickets in the second semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 which was played at Adelaide Oval. This defeat has left the Indian cricket management with many questions and if they really want to improve the situation, they will have to find answers to these questions soon.
England won the toss and decided to bowl first. The Indian batters were able to put a total of 168/6 on the score board with the help of Virat Kohli’s gutsy knock of 50 and fiery knock of Hardik Pandya who scored 63 runs. Though this was a competitive total yet the English openers batted so well that they made a mockery of the Indian bowling and achieved the target in just 16 overs without losing even a single wicket.
After the match, Rohit Sharma held the Indian bowling and fielding responsible for the loss as he was of the opinion that they batted well towards the end to bring up a total of 168 runs and the pitch on which they played was not that type of pitch where a team could score that many runs in just 16 overs. Rohit Sharma also states that handling pressure is something which can’t be taught to everyone and at the same time, he also praised the English openers for wonderful batting.
Rohit Sharma was so much hurt that he didn’t even attend the post-match press conference and coach Rahul Dravid had to fill in for him. Dravid tells the mediapersons that they are very disappointed after finishing in semis as they would have liked to play the finals. Appreciating the England cricket team, Dravid said that they were better than team India in all the segments and he agreed that they should have scored some more runs. Rahul Dravid further states that overall they have a good run in the tournament and they can look at the things they have improved on, take positives and prepare for the next World Cup. He adds that they have been batting well and they also had a good last over but score should have been around 180-185 runs.
Indian cricket fans are particularly angry with the Indian openers – KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. While they are upset with KL Rahul because of his poor form and slow strike rate, Hitman has annoyed fans with his poor performance and there is no denying the fact that their inability to score runs at fast rate created pressure on the middle order batters which hampered the chances of India winning the tournament.
The online users called Rahul Dravid a great player but a bad coach and they also slammed Rohit Sharma left and right. Here are some selected reactions:
Rahul Dravid template-
>Groomed DK as finisher
>Groomed Harshal as death bowler
>Backed Chahal as lead spinner
>Asked India to play more aggressively in Powerplay
— Harry Tweets (@HarryMAHEY2) November 10, 2022
The condition of the BCCI has become such that they will prepare a player for the whole year for the World Cup and later throw him out.
— Rajeev Rai 🇮🇳 (@Rajeev_Bharat) November 11, 2022
— SportsBash (@thesportsbash) November 11, 2022
It isn't just about whether we selected Umran Malik or Sanju Samson or Prithvi Shaw or someone else.
It's about how BCCI manages the sport.
I'll blame Rahul Dravid, Vikram Rathore, Paras Mhambrey, T Dilip, Chetan Sharma, Jay Shah & Saurav Ganguly for India's dismal performance. pic.twitter.com/iwsCxR33Kw
— That Bengali Guy (@BeingTBG) November 10, 2022
Good decision. Under Rahul Dravid, India was playing T20 like a test match. 👍🏻 https://t.co/K2KPSt91Br
— Vinay (@Being_Humor) November 11, 2022
Only 3 players Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav & Hardik Pandya went to Australia to play World Cup.
Rest all failure…
And the buck stops at Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid.
— Sameet Thakkar (@thakkar_sameet) November 10, 2022
Rahul and Rahul are the reason for today’s loss.
— Gudumba Satti (@GudumbaSatti) November 10, 2022
Change Coach Rahul Dravid for t20’s if that is possible…need to have a different coach for this format…I don’t know what notes Rahul Dravid kept taking after every important moment…I thought all these notes will be useful in WC but he is still taking them..for 2024..??
— Samip Rajguru (@samiprajguru) November 11, 2022
BCCI asked MS Dhoni to become our mentor last year.
They changed our T20I Captain from Virat to Rohit.
Scheduled 30+ T20I in a year for prep
They even appointed Rahul Dravid as our Head Coach after Ravi Shastri's tenure got ended.
Still, India failed to win the T20 World Cup.
— Aditya (@Adityakrsaha) November 10, 2022
With due respect Rahul Dravid need to be removed.! Without that Kohli's 82 against Pak we can't even play semi finals too.!
— Deep Point (@ittzz_spidey) November 10, 2022
1 – Chetan Sharma is worst ever selector.
2 – Rahul Dravid is worst ever coach.
3 – KL Rahul >> SKY (any format)
4 – Virat Kohli is most complete player of history, (Sachin didn't have finishing skills).
5 – Rohit Sharma is worst t20 batsman in current team.
— Vishnu 🕉 (@MasterVKohli) November 1, 2022
Virat Kohli always had guts to face media not only in success but even in setbacks, unlike "new era captain" who sent Virat Kohli & Rahul Dravid after losing against Pak & SF vs ENG yesterday. pic.twitter.com/J58x52kXZl
— Pari (@BluntIndianGal) November 11, 2022
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