Prior to the crunch clash between India and England, former Pakistani cricketers, Basit Ali and Sikander Bakht made bold claims that India will deliberately lose against the hosts England, to make life tough for Pakistan in getting to the semi-finals.
Following the match, many Indian ex-cricketers and fans were quick to point out the lack of intent shown by the strong Indian batting line-up. When the asking rate had shot up to over 15 in the final overs of India's chase of 338, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showed no attacking approach and were happy to knock it around for singles.
“If India is already through, they will in their final match allow the opponents to win to ensure that Pakistan is knocked-out,” Sikander said during a live transmission. Moreover, Basit Ali, former Pakistani right-handed batsman, also had the same doubts about the Indian intentions as he said during an interview on a local news channel.
Meanwhile, on the other side, Indian commentators like Harsha Bhogle, Saurav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar were also left puzzled by the strange Indian batting approach and questioned why there was a lack of intent.