On Thursday, Team India suffered a humiliating loss to England in the T20 World Cup semifinal. As India’s dreams for a second tournament championship were dashed, openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales both scored an unbeaten half-century to help England win convincingly by ten wickets. After being allowed to bat, India scored 168/6, which the English openers chased down with 24 balls remaining.

Throughout the whole game, the side lacked inspiration, and former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar harshly criticized Rohit Sharma’s team for their performance in Adelaide. According to Akhtar, Indian cricket is at its “lowest” point, and the team “didn’t deserve” to face Pakistan in the championship game. In the first semi-final, Babar Azam’s team overcame New Zealand, securing its spot in the matchup at the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Express fast bowlers from India are not present. Spinners with no mercy nahi hain. India andar gaya aur badi maar khaayi, confusing selection ke saath. Jahan conditions mil gayi toh khelte rahenge, conditions ke quick bowlers hain India ke. India had a very dismal performance. India doesn’t deserve to meet us at the MCG or to be given permission to fly to Melbourne because their kind of cricket has been exposed. (India lacks devastating spinners and express quick bowlers. They offered a perplexing choice. If the circumstances are favorable, their pacers can execute. ),” Akhtar added on his own YouTube account.

“Semifinal tak pohochni badi baat hai? Unme se bhi Netherlands ko haraana ya Zimbabwe ko haraake pohoch jaana… koi badi baat nahi hai. Total: 4 achhi teams. Indian cricket is at its lowest point right now as a result of bowling department me confused selection ke saath Shami ko uthaake le aaye and India ko apni kaptaani dekhni hogi when it comes to ICC competitions. Fast bowler Achhe hain, but banta nahi tha. (What’s the big deal about making the semifinals? There were a total of four strong teams. You defeated Zimbabwe and the Netherlands, but not much. India has to examine its leadership, and management must accept responsibility. It was a difficult choice),” Akhtar said.

The last time India won an ICC trophy was in 2013 when MS Dhoni led the team to victory over England in the Champions Trophy final. Except the 2021 T20 World Cup, when India was eliminated in the group stage, the team lost in the knockout rounds of all subsequent ICC events.