Men’s T20 World Cup – Tom Moody
“And then, if it wasn’t for an absolute blinding innings from Hardik Pandya, India would have been probably 150, let alone high 160s.”
“You have to look in the first ten overs – the number of dot balls that were consumed, the lack of boundaries that were obtained, that may well be something that India will look back on and think they missed a trick,” Moody said.
“For Rohit Sharma, at the moment, it is lost. It nearly looked like he is going to break his shackles and burst through with a series of boundaries but it just didn’t happen for him”
“The one observation that I made in that first 20 overs was that India did not particularly target any one bowler on the England side,” Moody said. “So they were relying all on coming home with a wet sail, which they did. But when it comes to strategising, you look at your opponents, you look at the various weaknesses, and you look at the various match-ups and think that this batsman [or] that batsman can target this bowler and that bowler. To me, they sat in the game too long. They didn’t target anyone to put England under pressure.
“The only time they [England] were under pressure was the last five overs. Otherwise they could get through their bowlers quite seamlessly and no one was really exposed. So, from a captaincy point of view, you’re sitting back and thinking ‘okay, it’s all falling into plan here; I’m getting an extra over of Livingstone here and I’ve got two overs out of Stokes here’, and it all sort of seemed a little bit too easy for the fielding side.”
While Rashid returned 1 for 20 from his four overs, Livingstone gave away just 21 runs from his three.
“Yes, in that kind of a phase, you would expect someone like a Virat to step up and take the initiative,” Kumble said. “And it was only Surya, when he lasted those deliveries, and then Hardik came in and he took his time. So that phase, when the two spinners bowled, I would have expected a couple more boundaries or a little more intent to put pressure on Livingstone.”
Rohit’s struggles with the bat continued in this match, too, and despite hitting four fours in his innings, he finished with a strike rate of under 100.
“He seems like a number of leaders in this tournament at the top of the order that have had their struggles finding the rhythm to their game and the timing in their game,” Moody said. “We have seen it with Kane Williamson, we’ve seen it with Aaron Finch and Babar Azam. They are quality players, but just haven’t found their rhythm.
“For Rohit Sharma, at the moment, it is lost. It nearly looked like he is going to break his shackles and burst through with a series of boundaries but it just didn’t happen for him.”