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India Think IPL Is Enough, They’re Not Taking International Series Seriously: Akram

Akram further reckoned that losing the toss deflated India in the first place, pushing Rohit Sharma at No.3

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Mumbai: Talking about the poor performance of men in blue in the ongoing T20 World Cup tournament, Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes that India’s negligence towards playing limited-overs international cricket seems to be the reason behind it.

On Sunday’s, lost to New Zealand by eight wickets to keep their semi-final chances hanging by a thread.

He pointed out that the last big international limited-overs series the senior players played was back in March against England.

“India last played a limited-overs series with all the senior players in March. Now we are in November. So that shows they are not taking those international series seriously. They think playing the IPL is enough. You play as much league cricket in the world that you want. While playing league cricket, you will find one or two good bowlers in the opposition. In international cricket, you will face all five good bowlers,” Akram said on A Sports following India’s defeat to New Zealand.

India played three ODIs and three T20Is in Sri Lanka in July, but it was a squad filled with youngsters since the senior players were participating in the Test series in England.

Akram further reckoned that losing the toss deflated India in the first place, which further worsened when the management decided to push Rohit Sharma at No. 3.

“It wasn’t a great game. It was a one-sided game. India committed a lot of mistakes. When they lost the toss, I feel they were pushed back a little psychologically. The biggest mess-up was downgraded Rohit Sharma to 3 in a crucial, do-or-die game. The guy has got four centuries in T20Is as an opener. They could have made Ishan Kishan bat at 3 too. This was the start when the panic button was pressed,” Akram pointed out.

India will face Afghanistan on November 3, hoping to register their 1st victory in the tournament and to qualify for Semi-finals.

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