Several former cricketers have shared their views on social media after Sri Lanka stumps India by handing them a 6-wicket defeat on Tuesday.
India is on the verge of getting knocked out of the Asia Cup, 2022, after suffering a second consecutive defeat in the super four group matches. The defending champions will now have to win their last game against Afghanistan. Not only that, but they’ll also have to depend on the remaining group match results to stand a chance for a place in the final. Having been asked to bat first, India put a total of 173 runs on board. In response, Sri Lanka dominated the first half of the innings. They stumbled a little in the middle overs but managed to cross the finish line on the second last delivery of the match. This is Sri Lanka’s second consecutive win and they have sealed their berth in the finals.
Former cricketers were perplexed by the trajectory of the game.
Ex-cricketers around the world have laid down their views on various social media platforms on Sri Lanka’s unexpected win.
Former Indian pacer, Venkatesh Prasad wrote on Twitter,
“India has a lot of concerns to address and they will be very disappointed with this result. There are many areas to improve on before the World Cup. A special effort by Sri Lanka though. “
Cricketer turned commentator, Irfan Pathan said,
“Well done Team Sri Lanka. You deserve all the applause”
Indian spin wizard, Harbhajan Singh, took to Twitter to share his views. He wrote,
“Tough one to accept that India lost, but the fact is that Sri Lanka played some brilliant cricket to show they were a better side tonight.. disappointed with our result. Hmmmmmmm”
Srilankan legend, Mahela Jayawardene, congratulated Sri Lanka and wrote,
“Great win boys!!! The attitude was brilliant. Never give up… keep it going”
The greatest of all time, Lasith Malinga, was extremely proud of the team and wrote,
“Extremely proud of the way our boys have done. Bowlers held their nerve and batsmen chased the total with such cool and calm heads. SL’s new generation is heading in the correct direction. We need to protect and support this crop of players at any cost.”
Commentator and journalist Ayaz Memon said,
“This Asia Cup has been replete with last over, humdinger finishes. Tonite’s match was one of these, Sri Lanka staving off a determined comeback by India to win by a whisker and go to the top of the Super 4 table. After 2 defeats, India’s position is precarious.”
Rohit Sharma plays down concerns regarding India’s form
While addressing a post-match press conference, Rohit said that the mood in the dressing room is relaxed and the team is not worried after suffering from back-to-back losses. He said,
“You don’t worry if you lose two matches. We don’t talk like this in the dressing room, because we have played so many matches after the last World Cup and won. I don’t think it is the cause of worry. “
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is all set to begin in October. India still has a couple of series to play before that and have time to figure things out.