England’s win over India on Sunday has sparked plenty of debate whether or not Kohli’s men tried their best on the field.
The lack of intent during the chase, right from the start, has raised plenty of eyebrows. It’s not just the cricket fans and commentators who looked frustrated. Non-cricketing viewers expressed their displeasure over the dismal show of sportsmanship as well.
From Rohit Sharma to Virat Kohli, and specially MS Dhoni, none of the Indian batsmen looked like the players that they really are. The number one ranked team, known for finishing games off in style, hit their first six of the innings in the last over.
While England may have bowled well, there were plenty of opportunities for the set Indian batsmen to target bowlers like Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, and even others. However, it was not to meant be, as a win for India might have seen Pakistan storm into the semi-finals (provided they win against Bangladesh).
Pakistani Twitter is swarming with messages of match-fixing. Hashtags #fixed and #MatchFixing are trending on Twitter. Let’s have a look at what people are saying about India’s alleged deliberate defeat at the hands of the Englishmen.
The words of the most credible cricketing website:
The commentators expressing their concerns.
— Hamza Owais✍🏻 (@imhamzaowais) July 1, 2019
Neutral watchers also mad at India.
Bizarre from India. Made no real attempt to get runs in last 10 overs. Defies explanation unless they’d rather have England than Pakistan in semis.
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) June 30, 2019
They but hurt their own reputation.
Pakistan semi Mai beshak na puhnchy, yh Kohli and Dhoni fever tou end hua.
— Tayyaba Paracha (@TayyabaParacha) July 1, 2019
The fans are calling for ICC to investigate the issue.
— A M Bhatti (@bharsmeh) June 30, 2019
This is gold.
— marb (@TheAsadRaza) June 30, 2019
And, Pakistanis have pinned their hopes on New Zealand.
Friendship ended with India .
— Ahmad (@ameertalks) July 1, 2019
If Pakistan wins against Bangladesh and New Zealand beats England, Sarfaraz XI can still make it to top 4. What are your views? Let us know in the comments.