World Test Championship Tournament 2023of In the final match, the Indian team looked under pressure on the first day. Australia lost only 3 wickets and scored 327 runs by the end of the day’s play, taking care of the Indian bowlers. Former Indian coach and commentator Ravi Shastri was upset with India’s defensive performance. He said that in the WTC final against Australia, Rohit Sharma did not show a positive mindset by winning the toss and deciding to field first.
Indian team did not include veteran spinner R Ashwin in the final eleven. In this match, India decided to go with four fast bowlers. Due to grass on the pitch and cloudy weather, India won the toss and decided to bowl first, but India’s decision did not go well. Australia posted a massive 327 for the loss of 3 wickets with the help of an unbeaten 251-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Travis Head (146 not out) and Steve Smith (95 not out).
What did Shastri say?
Shastri spoke to the ICC after the first day’s play. At this time he said, “Whatever happened on the first day, it is connected with the mentality of winning the toss and bowling first. So you fielded with four fast bowlers and one spinner.”
He said, “If the mindset was positive, you would have decided to bat first. Had you played the first session with care and then seen if you could reach 250 in a day, you wouldn’t have thought of a big score. Also, had the conditions been there and the first session had gone well, you could have put up a bigger score.”
Australia lost wickets on the second day
The Indian bowlers were struggling for wickets on the first day. However, by the lunch break on the next day, India had taken four wickets from Australia. They included Travis Head (163), Steve Smith (121), Cameron Green (6) and Mitchell Starc (5). After the lunch break, Ravindra Jadeja took Australia’s eighth wicket by dismissing Alex Carey at leg. (commentator ravi shastri slams rohit sharma for defensive mindset in wtc final)
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