Former Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said the Indian team was “under pressure” and “scared” even before their T20 World Cup 2021 match against Pakistan had started. India lost their World Cup opener to Pakistan by 10 wickets – their first ever defeat against neighbors after 12 consecutive victories in all World Cup matches in various formats. India could never really recover from the early shock and were knocked out from the Super 12 stage. India lost their next match to New Zealand by 8 wickets, and although they recovered by winning their next three matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia, it was not enough to take them on to the semi-finals.
When questioning the body language of Indian players, Inzamam said that the caste interview with Indian captain Virat Kohli and his Pakistani colleague Babar Azam was clear that the official hosts were under pressure.
“I feel like the Indians were scared even before the fight started. Their body language, if you watch Virat Kohli and Babar Azam’s interview at the cast, you could sense who was under pressure,” Inzamam told ARY News.
India lost opening players Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to left-armer Shaheen Shah Afridi, putting them under a lot of pressure, but Inzamam felt that the double wicket in the first three overs did not have much to do with how the match took shape.
“Our team’s body language was much better than theirs. It was not that India was under pressure after Rohit Sharma’s firing. Sharma himself was under pressure. It was clear that they were all under pressure even before the match began,” Inzamam added.
Pakistan’s third highest scorer in test matches said India participated in the tournament as one of the favorites, but their performance was not up to the mark against Pakistan and New Zealand.
“The Indian team never plays like they did. They are a good T20 team, there is no doubt about it. If you look at their performance in the last 2-3 years, they were the favorites. But the match between India and Pakistan put so much pressure on them that there was no looking back.
“Their feet did not move at all. After losing to Pakistan, they got so much criticism and there was a break of 3-4 days. The poor guys could not even play Santner and Sodhi. They are such good spin players. “That pressure put on them.” said Inzamam.
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