‘What have India ever delivered?’ – Michael Vaughan’s Bold Claim After India’s Semi-final Loss Against England

By Daniel S

November 11, 2022

All eyes were on team India when they took on England in the semi-final of the ongoing 20-20 World Cup in Adelaide. Pakistan already booked their spot in the final after defeating the Kiwis. So, the Indian fans were hoping their team to get qualified for the final.

But, Rohit Sharma and his men failed to deliver as England thrashed India by 10 wickets. So, fans were disappointed with such a performance from the Men in Blue. After that loss, former England skipper, Michael Vaughan came up with a bold claim regarding team India.

‘Most under-performing white-ball team in history’ – Michael Vaughan on team India

In his column for The Telegraph, Michael Vaughan wrote: “Since winning 50 over World Cup what have they done? Nothing. India are playing a white-ball game that is dated and have done for years. India are the most under-performing white-ball team in history. Every player in the world who goes to the Indian T20 League says how it improves their game but what have India ever delivered?”    

He also raised questions about the playing approach from India in the World Cup. “I am just staggered by how they play T20 cricket for the talent they have. They have the players, but just do not have the right process in place. They have to go for it. Why do they give the opposition bowlers the first five overs to bed in?” Vaughan added.

The former England skipper also took a dig at other former cricketers who do not criticize team India for a fear of losing jobs in that country. “Nobody wants to criticize them because you get hammered on social media and pundits worry about losing work in India one day. But it is time to tell it straight. They can hide behind their great players but it is about getting a team playing the right way as a whole. Their bowling options are too few, they do not bat deep enough, and lack spin tricks,” Michael Vaughan concluded.