After a disappointing loss to England to end their 2022 T20 World Cup campaign, India head coach Rahul Dravid admits England were too good but refuses to call India’s performance ” debacle”.
Outclassed by 10 wickets in Adelaide in the semi-finals, India exit the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and Dravid admitted the result was a “disappointment” for the Rohit Sharma-led unit.
India looked listless with the ball as England hammered runs into the Powerplay overs to eat away at the target considerably and ease the pressure on the rest of the chase and Dravid pointed out that was a key factor behind England’s victory.
“We tried to attack a bit with our lengths up front,” Dravid explained in the post-match press conference.
“We thought it was a tactic. They played very well.
“The ball probably hasn’t swung here as much as it has in other parts of Australia or other conditions. Played their hands a bit, and class players like that, both Buttler and Hales, I thought their partnership was fantastic today.
“I think they just put pressure on us, never let it go, and even when our spinners got to a wicket that we thought we could control the game, they also really counter-attacked our spinners and put our spinners under a lot of pressure.”
The unbeaten opening position of 170 between Jos Buttler and Alex Hales is the highest of any T20 World Cup wicket and the pair’s ruthless display saw England win from 16 overs.
But the goal was perhaps never too high for England in reality on that Adelaide wicket and Dravid agreed India were a few runs short with the bat.
“We were one of those teams that even in those conditions scored 180, 180 and more. I think we had done that two or three times in this tournament, so we were playing well.
“It’s just, I think, maybe when the game started the boys were saying it was a bit cheesy, it was a bit slower. That said, they played really well. I thought that They were really good up front.
“They got to really good lengths, didn’t really let us go. We felt at that mark of 15 overtakes, we felt we were probably 15, 20 short, and we had really good last five overtakes .
“I think Hardik there was absolutely brilliant, but in the end it looked like we were a lot shorter than even 15, 20, but I think we should have been able to get 180, 185 on that wicket. Maybe things could have been different with an early wicket after that.”