Batting great Sachin Tendulkar spoke about India’s painful defeat against New Zealand. The Men in Blue were thumped by eights in Dubai. According to the former skipper, it was one of those days where nothing worked for the team.
Team India came into the tournament as one of the favourites but their clueless performance has shocked everyone. The two defeats against Pakistan and the Kiwis have almost ended their hopes of making it to the semis.
“It was a difficult day for our team but these kinds of days come sometimes, when even if you try, nothing comes out. Nothing much to talk about honestly. I just hope in the coming days, our team will show something great in this tournament,” Tendulkar said.
“I felt India was playing a catching-up game, the way New Zealand were dominating, it was a difficult time for our batters because they could not get those easy singles which forced them to play big shots. I don”t think there was that penetration in our bowling.”
He lauded Kane Williamson for his planning. “From ball one, his field settings and bowling changes were top-notch. I felt his planning must be very good. In the first six overs, we were 35 for 2. In that, 20 runs came from five overs and one over from Adam Milne yielded 15 runs. For me, the crucial phase of the game was after six to 10th overs.
“There were 24 balls there, we scored 13 runs and lost one wicket. According to me, that was a critical phase in which we missed out on capitalising. Because I know if you lose wickets quickly, then batters think of making partnerships. “But those easy singles were not available and that forced our batters to play big shots. Rohit was out while doing that, Virat was out like that,” said the 48-year-old iconic cricketer who has several scoring records to his name