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T20 World Cup: How The World Reacted To India’s Meek Surrender To New Zealand In Dubai

Two defeats in two games have left the Indian team battered and bruised, and on the brink of a shocking exit from the T20 World Cup. The loss to the Blackcaps left India’s hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup hanging by a thread. While an inquest into India’s woeful showing will surely be done by the cricket board once the team is back, former cricketers and fans on social media have already had their say on the matter following the defeat to New Zealand.

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The likes of Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, VVS Laxman among others expressed their disappointment while some fans slammed the display against New Zealand by sharing memes.

India’s performances in the T20 World Cup so far have been utterly shambolic. Indian players have meekly surrendered in both the matches so far, barely even landing a punch on their opponents.

While many might point to Virat Kohli’s rotten luck with the coin toss, the performance still has been far from what is expected from a world-class outfit like India.

The toss, though, has played a part. The Indian batters on both occasions have had to graft with batting becoming easier in the second innings due to the dew factor.

Nevertheless, scoring just 110 for seven in 20 overs is just not enough, no matter what the batting conditions are later in the match.

Virat Kohli is the only Indian batter to score a half-century in two matches, but more worryingly Jasprit Bumrah is the only wicket-taker for India in the tournament so far.

India still have three matches remaining in the T20 World Cup — against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia. India will hope they can beat Afghanistan and pray for a massive favour from Mohammad Nabi’s team when it takes on New Zealand.

But a loss for New Zealand against Afghanistan still doesn’t guarantee India a place in the semis. Two crushing defeats mean India’s net run-rate is absolutely dismal.

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In both groups combined, Scotland have the worst net run-rate (-3.562) and then come India at -1.609. In Group 1, Bangladesh (-1.069) are bottom of the table and they still have a better net run-rate than India.

Not that run rate of teams in Group 1 holds any significance to India, but just for comparisons, even the West Indies (-1.598) have a better net run-rate than India and they were bowled out by England for 55 in their opening match of the T20 World Cup.

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