‘Can’t go, teach people how to handle pressure’: Rohit Sharma on India’s defeat

When England defeated India in the 2022 T20 World Cup semi finals by 10 wickets on 10 November, India’s dream of becoming world champions was dashed once again.

India’s defeat in this tournament marked their seventh knockout loss in an ICC tournament since they won the Champions Trophy in 2013.

Commenting on India’s defeat, Sharma said that people cannot generalize how to deal with pressure.

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Speaking post-match to reporters, Sharma said, “You can’t go and teach people how to handle pressure,” adding, “A lot of these guys play under pressure in the IPL and some they can handle that. When it comes to knockouts, it’s about staying calm.”

He admitted that India’s bowling was weak which was the main difference between the two sides and the place where India lost the match.

“We batted well at the back end. Not enough with the ball, certainly not a wicket that a team can chase in 17 overs. We just didn’t come to the ball,” he said.

“We were a little nervous when we started with the ball. We wanted Bhuvi to keep it tight, on the stumps, we knew where the runs were scored in Adelaide, square of the wicket, we talked about that, but it didn’t happen.”

After winning the toss, England skipper Jos Buttler decided to bowl first against India at the Adelaide Oval. In the first over itself, Indian opener KL Rahul lost his wicket.

Despite a sloppy start, India were unable to keep their wickets and kept losing them. However, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya pushed the tempo and somehow India managed to score 168 by losing 6 wickets in 20 overs.

For the England side, Chris Jordan took 3 wickets, while Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes took one wicket each.

When England came to chase, they looked like they wanted to dominate the Indian bowling right from the start and did just that. The opening partnership of Jos Buttler (80) and Alex Hales (86) did the magic for England, as they defeated the Indian side in just 16 overs.

Now England will play against Pakistan for ICC T20 World Cup 2022 trophy at Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13.

Khalid Khan

Khalid Khan is CO-Editor for Sports section on

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