India keeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has responded to a dig at the Indian team taken by former England captain Michael Vaughan in the aftermath of India losing to New Zealand in their second match in the T20 World Cup 2021 on October 31.
Michael Vaughan had taken a jibe at Virat Kohli and his men and tweeted that “India are playing 2010 Cricket .. The game has moved on ..”
India are playing 2010 Cricket .. The game has moved on .. #T20WorldCup
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 31, 2021
This came after India, in both matches, posted 151 and 110 in their 20-over quota. India struggled to get the runs going in the Powerplay, which pushed them on the back foot, and with the bowlers looking off-color too, Virat Kohli’s stumbled to back-to-back losses.
Responding to the tweet, Karthik said that although Vaughan makes a valid point of India taking a more orthodox approach with their batting, he iterated that the same approach is what has fetched the Men in Blue plenty of success in the first place.
“He is alluding to how he mostly batted. Right at the top, they have Roy and Buttler, who take on the bowling. Their first intention is to step out, move away and create that boundary opportunity, whereas we play more cricketing shots, try to wait for the bad balls in many ways and then put pressure on the bowling. We are more of a reactive batting unit than a proactive batting unit,” Karthik said on Cricbuzz.
The veteran cricketer further said that just because England has found success going after the bowling, doesn’t make it a blueprint for India to follow.
“If England is No. 1, India is in the top 2 as well. They have a method to their madness and they have got consistent results over a period of time doing that. So you can’t fault India or their batters or the way they bat and expect them to change it just because on two occasions in the World Cup, things haven’t gone against the plan,” said Karthik.
“Against the same England team in the practice game, we pretty much scored 180 and cantered in that chase. I get what he is saying. He is expecting more bravado, more positivity in terms of the top 3 going out there an imposing themselves. But we have been a batting unit which has stuck to this method and it has given them success,” Karthik concluded.