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India Crushes England in T20 WC Semi-Final, Thanks to Axar Patel’s Magic

Sarita Dey
3 weeks ago

The wounds of 2022 were still fresh for Indian fans. The crushing defeat to England in the T20 World Cup semi-final still stung. But come 2024, the narrative was rewritten in Guyana. India, led by a phenomenal bowling performance, thrashed their arch-rivals and booked a spot in the finals!

Axar Patel: The Spin Web that Ensnared England

India knew they had a weapon in Patel, affectionately nicknamed “Bapu” by fans. His left-arm spin was a nightmare for England’s batsmen. Axar ripped through the top order, dismissing the dangerous trio of Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, and Jonny Bairstow. His spell of 3/23 effectively broke the back of England’s batting line-up, leaving them reeling at 57/3.

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Bapu becomes a Social Media Trendsetter

Axar’s heroics sparked a frenzy on social media. Fans, ecstatic about the win, flooded platforms with hilarious memes celebrating “Bapu.” The internet buzz further amplified the electric atmosphere surrounding India’s dominant performance.

Rohit Sharma’s Masterstroke: Decoding the Pitch

Credit must also be given to Indian captain Rohit Sharma’s astute observation. Before the match, Rohit recognized the Guyana pitch’s peculiarities. He informed his bowlers that big shots, especially during the Powerplay overs, would be challenging. This intel proved crucial, as Axar and fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav exploited the slow surface to great effect, sharing a total of six wickets.

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Axar’s Winning Mindset: Keeping it Simple

Axar, later named Player of the Match, revealed his thought process during the post-match presentation. He emphasized Rohit’s advice about the pitch’s difficulty for big hitting. This knowledge helped him simplify his approach. Axar explained how he focused on making life tough for the batsmen, forcing them to play unconventional shots. This tactic worked wonders, evident in his dismissal of the first batsman he faced.

India now stands tall, ready to face South Africa in the finals. But what are your thoughts on Axar Patel’s exceptional performance? Did his bowling strategy perfectly suit the pitch conditions? Share your opinions in the comments below!

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