India lost to Australia by 209 runs in the final match of the World Test Championship. The final was played at England’s Oval Stadium and Shubman Gill became the talk of the town on Saturday (June 10). Cameron Green’s catch of Gill and the umpire’s decision created quite a controversy. Against this backdrop, captain Rohit Sharma spoke to the media after the match on Sunday (June 11).
The Indian team was given a target of 444 runs to win this WTC final. The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill looked in good rhythm in the last innings. But Shubman Gill on Saturday i.e. on the fourth day of the match, India lost its first wicket in the form of Gill. Scott Boland was bowling in the eighth over of the second innings. On the very first ball of the over, Gill was caught at gully and, according to Sleeps, caught by Cameron Greene, who was in disarray.
Green took the catch, but as accurate as it was, no one could say for sure. Even Green himself seemed confused about the catch. But eventually the umpires ruled that the catch was correct and Gill had to leave the field. Although Gill was dismissed by the umpires, photos and videos going viral on social media showed the ball going out of Green’s hands to Majini. Against this backdrop, India’s captain Rohit Sharma also disagreed with the umpire’s decision. According to Rohit, in an important match like the WTC final, the stadium needed more cameras, so that a video can be viewed from different angles.
Rohit Sharma () came to speak to the media after conceding defeat in the WTC final. At this time, Rohit was asked about Shubman Gill’s wicket. Rohit said, “Gill’s catch should have been shown with the camera angle. There are 10 different cameras in IPL. So that it can be seen from many angles.” Rohit’s statement comparing the ICC final directly with the IPL is currently becoming a topic of discussion in the sports world.
Overall, the match between the two teams was considered, but the important knocks played by Travis Head and Steve Smith in the first innings for Australia proved to be beneficial for the team. Australia maintained the first innings lead till the end. Besides, in the bowling department, the trio of Scott Boland, Mitchell Starc and captain Pat Cummins literally made the Indian bowlers sweat. Along with this, spinner Nathan Lyon also showed his best on the green top pitch which seems to be spin friendly. Lion took one wicket in the first innings and as many as four wickets in the second innings. With India’s legendary spinner Ravichandran Ashwin out of the playing eleven, the team management has also seen strong criticism from fans and pundits. (After the Shubman Gill catch controversy, Rohit compared WTC and IPL)
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