India lost to West Indies because of being vegetarian © AFP (File Photo)
India lost to West Indies because of being vegetarians © AFP (File Photo)

Prominent author Kancha Ilaiah has recently claimed the real reason why the Indian team lost out to West Indies was their vegetarian diet. Ilaiah has been terming vegetarianism as anti-national. He further added that West Indies won the match and the tournament because of their protein-rich diet. India lost to West Indies in the semi-final of ICC World T20 2016 by 7 wickets where Lendl Simmons thrashed Indian bowlers apart. Ilaiah was quoted “Vegetarianism is anti-nationalism…if a whole nation becomes vegetarian, its protein levels will go down. You know why the West Indies won all the games? It is because they eat protein-rich food (sic).” . FULL CRICKET UPDATES: India vs West Indies, ICC World T20 2016, 2nd Semi-Final match at Mumbai

Ilaiah was speaking at an event celebrating BR Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary was quoted by Times Of India, saying Describing countries like China, Korea, Japan and the US as ‘beefarians, porkians, fisharians and frogarians,’ Ilaiah said that Indians could not compete with them because of ‘lack of protein’ in the diet. Simmons and Johnson Charles powered West Indies into the final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016, defeating India by 7 wickets with 2 balls remaining. India had only themselves to blame for the defeat; Simmons could have been out at least three times but for no-balls and catches being taken over the boundary.

Earlier, Virat Kohli hammered a belligerent 89 not out off 47 balls to lead India to a commanding 192 for 2 against West Indies in the second semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India, who have been unchanged throughout the tournament, made two changes to their line-up in the all-important semi-final. One was forced, with the injured Yuvraj Singh being replaced by Manish Pandey. The other change was a deliberate one, with the misfiring Shikhar Dhawan replaced by Ajinkya Rahane as opener.