The hopes of an Indo-Pak final quickly vanished as England completely outplayed the Men in Blue to march into the final of the 2022 T20 World Cup.
After Pakistan sealed their place in the final with a win over New Zealand, England handed India a crushing 10-wicket defeat to set up a title clash against Babar Azam’s men at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
T20 World Cup 2022: India does not deserve to meet us in MCG: Shoaib Akhtar after IND’s crushing loss to ENG
Not only did England deny India a place in the final, but England also took away the hopes of one of the most anticipated events, i.e., an Indo-Pak World Cup final. Though England’s win was celebrated by many Pakistan fans who were happy to see their arch-rivals pack their bags, there were several who rued the missed opportunity.
Coming to the match, after being invited to bat first, Indian openers once again failed to hand their team a strong start. While KL Rahul once again departed for a single-digit score, skipper Rohit Sharma also failed to hand India a strong powerplay.
Virat Kohli, who has enjoyed a strong tournament, scored another half-century as he along with Hardik Pandya guided India to 168/6. In reply, England openers chased it down with 24 balls to spare. Jos Buttler and Alex Hales put up a sizzling display as India went wicketless. India’s humiliating loss saw several fans criticise the team management.
Pakistan had opened their campaign with a narrow loss to neighbours India. India’s loss in the semifinal allowed Pakistan fans to extract their revenge as their arch-rivals headed home. Social media was flooded with memes as Pakistan fans celebrated India’s loss in the semifinals. There were several fans who went on to state that the stress of an India-Pakistan final is too much to handle. On the other hand, many fans and critics lashed out at India’s lackluster show.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar took to Twitter and said, “India does not deserve to meet us in MCG!”
Here’s how the Pakistani fans reacted after England handed India a crushing loss: