World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_img Next India Today Web Desk July 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 09:44 IST Virat Kohli got out against the run of play at a crucial time in India’s run chase against England (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia fell short of a 338-run chase vs England by 31 runs after Dhoni, Jadhav failed to accelerateShoaib Akhtar was among several experts who felt India could have played much better on SundayIndia’s defeat to England has also created complexities for Pakistan in their race for CWC semisFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar joined several other former cricketers in questioning India’s bizarre batting performance against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. Chasing 338, India fell short by 31 runs for their first defeat of World Cup 2019.India lost KL Rahul for a duck and Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were so cautious thereafter that they managed to reach only 28 for 1 off 10 overs.However, both Kohli and Rohit upped the ante before Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya played entertaining cameos to give India some hope. But MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav baffled experts and fans alike with their go-slow approach as India slumped to defeat.India’s defeat has now also complicated matters for Pakistan who would not be cerain of a semi-finals berth even if they beat Bangladesh in their final group match.Shoaib Akhtar said India could have worked wonders but conceded they were not batting for Pakistan and it was their match.”India could have played better. An aggressive approach in first 10 overs and then with 5 wickets in hand, they could have done wonders. But it was their match, they were not batting for Pakistan,” Shoaib Akhtar tweeted.On air during their commentary stint, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and former England skipper Nasser Hussain slammed MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav who dealt mostly in singles when sixes and boundaries were the need of the hour.”I am completely baffled. What’s going on! This is not what India needed. They need runs. What are they doing? Some Indian fans are leaving now. Surely they must want to see Dhoni go for his shots, even if he slogs it off in the air. It’s a World Cup game, top 2 sides, give it a go! Indian fans would want their side to do a little bit more. They want their side to go down with a fight. Risk it to win it,” Hussain said.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India loseAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to England Also Read | India vs England, World Cup 2019: Fans troll MS Dhoni after strange knock in BirminghamAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals scenarios: Why India’s defeat to England will make Pakistan nervousFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs EnglandFollow World Cup 2019Follow Shoaib Akhtar World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib AkhtarIndia vs England World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar said India could have worked wonders against England with wickets in hand at Edgbaston on Sunday. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were inexplicably slow towards the end of India’s 338-run chase and fell short by 31 runs.advertisementlast_img read more

Over 100 ex rebels to be freed Audio

Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The government is to free over 100 rehabilitated former LTTE cadres tomorrow, the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation said.Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Major General Jagath Wijeytilleke said that the former rebels who will be released into society tomorrow had undergone over one year of rehabilitation. “During that rehabilitation period we gave them all the facilities and trained them in various skills based on their interest and also gave them certificates on completing their skills training. They have now been rehabilitated 100 percent,” he said. Major General Jagath Wijeytilleke said that so far 11,631 former LTTE cadres have been released after being rehabilitated following the end of the war in May 2009. He said that another 247 former LTTE cadres are still undergoing rehabilitation and they will be freed in batches this year and next year.Major General Jagath Wijeytilleke said that once the last batch is released early next year the rehabilitation of former LTTE cadres would be complete. (Colombo Gazette) read more