WTC Final: The Australian cricket team secured their maiden ICC World Test Championship title with a win against the Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team in the summit clash on Sunday. Riding on the centuries of Steve Smith and Travis Head powered Australia to a massive 209-run win over the Indian cricket team in the WTC Final at The Oval.
With this defeat, the Indian side has extended their trophyless run in ICC events. Team India has gone 10 years without winning an ICC trophy. It was in 2013, under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, when team India lost and won the ICC trophy. Ever since then, India has been struggling to get their hands on an ICC title. Also, this was India’s second attempt at the WTC Final. They earlier lost the first world test final in 2021 against New Zealand in Southampton.
John Wright explained how team India lost the WTC Final 2023
Meanwhile, former cricketer John Wright took to his social media and pointed out that the Indian cricket team lost this crucial Test match on the first day itself when the bowlers weren’t consistent enough against Steve Smith and Travis Head. He also blamed the batters but admitted the scoreboard pressure. He wrote:
“The period India lost this test match was the first day when they won the toss ,the bowling especially against Head and Smith was not consistent enough & their lines & lengths were wrong . After that you can blame the batters but scoreboard pressure is in effect . That wasn’t a 450 plus pitch #INDvAUS #WTC2023”
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Team India failed both with the bat and the ball
The Indian side made a positive start after winning the toss as they swiftly picked up three early wickets but were unable to capitalize on the advantage as Travis Head and Steve Smith forged a formidable partnership that took the game away from team India in the first innings.
Later on, the Indian side suffered a horrible collapse while chasing the target of 469 runs and was bowled out after scoring 296 runs. Eventually, the Australian side thrashed team India by 209 runs.
Rohit Sharma on India’s defeat
Later, after the defeat, speaking at the post-match press conference, Indian captain Rohit Sharma expressed his thoughts on the match, commending Australia’s batting performance. He said:
“I thought we started well with winning the toss, putting them to bat in those conditions. We bowled well in the first session and then we let ourselves down with how we bowled. Got to give credit to the Australian batters. Head came in and played really well along with Steven Smith. That just took us off guard a little bit. We knew it was always hard to comeback, but we put up a good show. We fought till the end. We’ve worked hard for all those four years,”
He added: “Playing two finals is honestly a good achievement for us. But we’d like to go a mile ahead as well. You can’t take the credit away from what we’ve done in those last two years to come here. Great effort from the entire unit. Unfortunately, that we couldn’t go on and win the final but we’ll keep our heads high and fight. It’s been brilliant! (Talking about the crowd support). They’ve gotten behind the time. I’d like to thank each one of them. They were cheering for every run and every wicket,”