Anjum Chopra cites shortcomings in every area for India’s semifinal loss

Nida Dar

India lost to Australia by five runs in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. Former cricketer Anjum Chopra explained the reasons behind India’s loss on JioCinema’s show #AAKASHVANI.’

She said that India fell short in every department during the game. Chopra criticized India’s bowling strategy, stating that she did not understand it. She also mentioned that Shafali’s fielding needs improvement.


Harman, who had a fever before the match, played a knock of 52 runs in the semi-final. Her unlucky run-out affected the team’s morale. Former skipper Anjum Chopra was seen consoling Kaur in an emotional moment captured by ICC. In an interview with Sanjana Ganesan, Chopra revealed how she empathized with Kaur’s situation. She acknowledged that Kaur might not have played had it not been a crucial match against Australia. Kaur gave her all, however, it was not enough to secure a win for India.

Anjum on Aakash Chopra’s show said:

“We fell short in every department. I think it was good that Australia was batting first – it gave India the chance to chase runs. But I didn’t understand their bowling strategy. There was a slow wicket for which they kept protection on the boundary square of the wicket and they asked their spinners to bowl short and outside. But how will they take wickets if every bowler bowls in that manner?”

Lanning won the toss and chose to bat first in the knock-out game. Mooney (54) and Lanning (49) helped Australia to post 172. India had a horrid start, with openers Shafali (9) and Mandhana (2) failing. Harmanpreet and Jemimah gave India hope, but brilliance in the field and India’s bad luck gave the Aussies a late comeback. Australia will face South Africa in the final on Sunday.

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