India’s hopes for qualifying for the semi-finals of the 2021 T20 World Cup hang by a thread as they suffered their second consecutive loss in the tournament. Having previously lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets, India put on another torrid show against a strong New Zealand side and lost by 8 wickets.
India currently sit at the fifth position in Group 2 of Super 12s and qualifying for the next round is no longer in their hands. They will need to rely on other results going their way alongside winning their next three matches convincingly to move onto the semi-final stage.
Prior to the start of the tournament, India were considered strong favorites to lift the trophy and this horror show by the Indian team was least expected. The Indian team had the best possible preparation for the tournament as they played the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the same conditions just before the start of the mega event.
Indian cricket fans seem unimpressed with their team’s performances and believe that holding the IPL just before the tournament is the reason behind their downfall. The Indian cricket fraternity took to social media to voice their concerns and blamed IPL for their poor performances. Calls to ban IPL was one of the top trends in India after their embarrassing loss to New Zealand.
Here are some of the #BanIPL tweets:
— Anish Singh (@The_anishsingh) October 31, 2021
It's all about "money", not "Country"#BanIPL
— Gaurav Goel (@goelgauravbjp) October 31, 2021
Let @BCCI Continue doing their own IPL shyIPL let us build a national cricket team under sports ministry involve form a new board when it comes to INDIA. Let us treat cricket as any other sports. @PMOIndia @rashtrapatibhvn#BanIPL pic.twitter.com/22JxOOEQz6
— Superstar Raj 🇮🇳 (@NagpurKaRajini) November 1, 2021
— Anup (@anupsingh2203) October 31, 2021
— Deepak Kumar (@deepak_kumar027) October 31, 2021
Whole IPL in UAE, Dhoni as Mentor, Richest board like BCCI Arranging every match of INDIAWhole on SUNDAY, Placing INDIA in weakest group, Highest sallary paid STAR cricketer's can't saved team INDIA from BAKWAS performance in T20 WORLD CUP. #INDvNZ #T20WorldCup #banipl pic.twitter.com/vNsGGx2dLA
— Dr.R.Shetty (@DrRShetty1) October 31, 2021