"It was a difficult day for our team"
Sachin Tendulkar has analysed India’s T20 eight-wicket loss against New Zealand.
The legendary cricketer weighed in on his country’s hammering in Dubai on Sunday, October 31, 2021.
Speaking in a video uploaded into his official Facebook page, Tendulkar said:
“Kane Williamson won the toss and he rightly chose to go.
“I feel, from ball one, his field settings and bowling changes were top-notch. I felt his planning must be very good.
“The first six overs, we were 35 for 2.
“In that, 20 runs came from five overs and one over from Adam Milne yielded 15 runs.
“For me, the crucial phase of the game was after six to 10th overs.”
The former team captain, who is considered to be one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, added:
“There were 24 balls there, we scored 13 runs and lost one wicket.
“According to me, that was a critical phase which we missed out on capitalising.
“Because I know if you lose wickets quickly, then batters think of making partnerships.
“But those easy singles were not available and that forced our batters to play big shots.
“Rohit was out while doing that, Virat was out like that.”
Tendulkar, known for his leading performance in Test and ODI cricket, noted that India had just had a bad day on the pitch:
“It was a difficult day for our team but these kinds of days come sometimes, when even if you try, nothing comes out.
“Nothing much to talk about honestly.
“I just hope in the coming days, our team will show something great in this tournament.”
India’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the tournament have now been severely hit after their second loss in a row.
Virat Kohli’s team had previously lost to rivals Pakistan.
Many British Pakistanis across the UK took to the streets in celebration following the match on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
The Curry Mile in Manchester saw jubilant crowds singing and dancing from 7pm that night, blocking any cars from getting past.
Other areas of the country including Birmingham, Derby and Luton also had music, fireworks and dhol players on the streets.
India will have to win their remaining group matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia to reach the semi-final.
Sachin Tendulkar regularly posts cricket analysis videos onto his YouTube channel and other social media pages.