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‘We can call them chokers,’ says Kapil Dev following India’s departure from the T20 World Cup

The Haryana express took off following India’s humiliation in the World Cup semis.

“I will not go into the details and slam them because these are the same players who have gotten us a lot of respect in the past but yes, we can call them chokers. That’s okay. There is no denying it — after coming so close, they choke,” Kapil stated.

The current Indian side has been dubbed “chokers” by legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev following their elimination from the T20 World Cup after a 10-wicket flogging by England in the second semifinal in Adelaide. The humiliating defeat on Thursday was India’s sixth in the last six World Cups.

Kapil Dev calls Indian team chokers

“I won’t get into specifics or trash them since these are the same players who have earned us a lot of respect in the past, but we may label them chokers. That’s OK. There’s no denying it: they choke after getting so near “ABP News spoke with Kapil.

The 1983 World Cup-winning captain, on the other hand, said fans should not be too harsh on the team’s performance in the semifinals. “I think that India played poor cricket, but we can’t be too harsh on one game.” Now that the match has concluded, it is unjust to be so harsh on the Indian squad. They did not play well, and their critics are valid. But, in terms of today’s match, we can only conclude that England read the pitch better and played better cricket.

Kapil believes that the team’s young individuals must step forward now.

“I believe the team should plan ahead. It’s time for the younger guys to step up and take the lead.” India last won an ICC competition in 2013, when they won the Champions Trophy against England.

Since then, they have qualified for the knockout stages of the 2014 T20 World Cup (final), the 2015 ODI World Cup (semifinal), the 2016 T20 World Cup (semifinal), the 2017 Champions Trophy (final), the 2019 ODI World Cup (semifinal), the 2021 World Test Championship Final, and the 2022 T20 World Cup (semifinal), but have lost all of them.

England comprehensively outplayed India, reaching the target of 169 in just 16 overs, thanks to undefeated half-centuries from opener Alex Hales and skipper Jos Buttler.

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