Inzamam-ul-Haq says Indian players "were scared even before the Pakistan game started"
Former Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said the Indian team were “under pressure” and “scared” even before the 2021 T20 World Cup match against Pakistan began. India lost its World Cup opener with 10 wickets against Pakistan the first defeat against the neighbors after 12 wins in a row in all World Cup games in various formats. India never really recovered from the early jolt and dropped out of the Super 12 stage. India lost their next game by 8 wickets to New Zealand and although they recovered from the next three wins against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia it was not enough to make it to the semifinals.
Inzamam questioned the body language of Indian players, saying that the toss interview between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his Pakistani counterpart Babar Azam was evident that the official hosts were under pressure. "I have a feeling that the Indians were scared even before the game started. Your body language, if you see Virat Kohli and Babar Azam's interview at the throw, you can tell who was under pressure,"
India lost their Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opening games to left-back Shaheen Shah Afridi, which put them under heavy pressure, but Inzamam felt the double wicket had little game play in the first three overs.
"Our team's body language was much better than theirs. It wasn't that India was under pressure after Rohit Sharma's sacking. Sharma himself was under pressure. It was obvious they were all under pressure before the game started." Inzamam added.
Pakistan's third highest running goal in friendly matches said India entered the tournament as one of the favorites, but its performance against Pakistan and New Zealand was not up to date.
“The Indian team never plays the way they did. They're a good T20 team, there's no doubt about that. If you look at their performance over the past 2-3 years, they have been favorites with so much pressure on them that there was no going back.
"Their feet didn't move at all. After losing to Pakistan they received so much criticism and there was a 3-4 day break. The poor guys couldn't even play Santner and Sodhi. They are such good spin players." . That pressure rose on her. ”Inzamam said.