"Not having a steady side and too much..." - Former India batter rips apart defending champion England with blunt 'mediocre side' statement

England will now take on the unbeaten hosts, India in the next match of their World Cup. Both teams will play this match at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on October 29.

Mathew K
Oct 28, 2023 12:46 IST
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England on the brink of exit (File Photo, Twitter)

England on the brink of exit (File Photo, Twitter)

The defending Champions England are going through a miserable run of form in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 so far after losing 4 out of the 5 matches, they played so far. They have won only one match and that too against a lower-ranked team like Bangladesh. Now, they will play the next match of their World Cup campaign against the hosts, India.

Meanwhile, the former Indian opener now the commentator and analyst, Virender Sehwag has come up with a hard criticism for Jos Buttler’s men after their continuous poor outings in the ongoing edition of the prestigious cricket quadrennial.

“England in 50 over one-day international cricket has been a very mediocre side. Apart from the 2019 World Cup at Home, in the last 8 attempts they have failed to make the semis 7 times. Not having a steady side and too much chopping & changing and wrongly thinking that they are as exciting in ODI’s as they are in Tests cost them,” wrote Sehwag in his X post (formerly Twitter).

Here’s a look at the X-post by Virender Sehwag: 

Notably, England and India will their next match on Sunday, October 29 at the BRABVE Stadium in Lucknow. On the other hand, India is currently unbeaten with five successive wins in the five matches, they played so far. Now, they will be eyeing the semi-final berth with a win against the reigning champions England.

Recently, England lost miserably against Sri Lanka by a big margin of 8 wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

"It's been an incredibly tough and incredibly disappointing tournament. Disappointed in myself and all the boys that we haven't shown a good account of ourselves. There's no clear answer at the moment [as to why that's the case]. Can't fault the boys' efforts but we're playing a long way short of our best. It starts from the front, as Captain you want to lead from the front and play well and I've been a long way short of my best. [Confidence drained away?] Not, to be honest, there are a lot of experienced cricketers in the room, who've been through a lot - confident people,” said England skipper Jos Buttler after the defeat against Sri Lanka.

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