The match between India and Australia has been played on the first day itself. Both Steve Smith and Travis Head put Australia in a strong position in the final of the World Test Championship. With an unbeaten double century partnership between the two, Australia has reached the lead in the match. After the Indian team lost the chance to advance in the match after winning the toss, former India cricketer Farooq Engineer has slammed Indian team captain Rohit Sharma and the batsmen.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first. Indian bowlers did not have much success on a pitch that looked green. After losing the first wicket early, the Australian team reached a massive 327 for 3 at the end of the day. Speaking after this first day’s play, the engineer said,
“I think the Indian captain and batsmen were scared of that pitch. The decision to bat first has been taken only to avoid showing our weakness in front of Australia’s fast bowlers.”
This pitch of the oval ground was well discussed for two days. It was said that the fast bowlers would benefit from this pitch. However, after the first hour, the pitch looked favorable to the batsmen.
The engineer praised Cheteshwar Pujara on this occasion. He said,
“Cheteshwar Pujara seems to be the best batsman in the team. I would call him the ace of dictation. He has been performing well for the Sussex County team. His experience of playing in England will help the team.”
At the same time, the engineer also praised Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill as quality batsmen. It remains to be seen how the Indian batsmen will bat while chasing the big score set up by Australia.
(Former India Cricketer Farukh Engineer Slams Indian Batters In WTC Final)