‘Big Three’ split in WTC Final, experience of 212 Tests, 19 thousand Test runs all went in vain

New Delhi. The discussion on the Indian cricket team’s defeat against Australia in the ICC World Test Championship final will continue for the next few days. Team India included more than one big name but still the team lost the Test Championship final for the second time in a row with a crushing defeat of 209 runs. It is bound to raise questions on experienced batsmen like Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma. Together these three batsmen have played a total of 212 Test matches and more than 19 thousand Test runs are recorded in their account.

The defeat in the World Test Championship final against Australia has forced the rulers of Indian cricket to think of a solution. Pujara’s failure has hurt India badly as he was the best prepared having played county cricket for Sussex for a long time.

Pujara’s failure upset

Pujara played a memorable inning of 77 against Australia in Sydney in 2021. Apart from 90 and 102 against Bangladesh in Chattogram, he could not do anything special in 2022. He played 17 Tests in the 2021-2023 WTC cycle, scoring 928 runs at an average of 32, including the only century. In the final against Australia, Pujara was able to score 14 runs in the first innings and only 27 runs in the second.

Kohli misses on a crucial occasion

The way Kohli has put pressure on the bowlers in the last few years, very few batsmen have been able to do it, but the fact is that he has had problems in Test cricket. In the current WTC cycle, Kohli has scored 932 runs in 17 Tests at an average of 32.13 with the only century scored on a flat Ahmedabad pitch. Virat Kohli scored 14 in the first innings of the final against Australia and 49 in the second. Veterans have criticized the shot by which he got out.

Rohit Sharma failed to play big innings

Rohit Sharma’s name will not figure in the list of India’s great Test batsmen though he has played 50 Tests. But the Indian captain did well in the last WTC cycle. He scored 758 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 42.11. His average abroad was 52.57 while in India he scored at an average of 36.88 but will Rohit, who is 36 years old, play in 2025. In the final against Australia, 15 runs in the first innings while 43 runs came out of the captain’s bat in the second.

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