Gavaskar unhappy, Ganguly angry, Shastri said – forget the mistake, go ahead; Where did Team India miss on the first day of WTC Final?


New Delhi. Australia has set a mountain of 327 runs on the first day of the World Test Championship Final (WTC Final) against India. India has taken 3 wickets of Australia till the end of the first day’s play, but it looks like cumin in the camel’s mouth. After all, how did Australia score such a big score even after losing the third wicket for 76 runs? Where did India go wrong? This mistake happened during the match itself or in choosing the playing eleven before the match itself. Let’s know what Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly to Ravi Shastri said on India’s game on the first day of WTC final.

Sourav Ganguly told India’s 2 strategic shortcomings or mistakes in the post match session on Star Sports. He said that India was in a good position losing 3 wickets for 76 runs. But this is where the mistake happened. India allowed Travis Head to score easily in the beginning. That pressure could not be put on him, later it became heavy. Ganguly accepted the second mistake of keeping Ravichandran Ashwin out of the playing XI.

Sourav Ganguly, former captain and president of BCCI, said that see one thing is clear. You cannot ignore a team which has spinners like R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh or Anil Kumble. You have to take the gamble. The bowler who has taken more than 470 wickets will have to make a place in the team.

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R Ashwin has taken 474 wickets in Test cricket. (PTI)

Sourav Ganguly said that Ashwin was needed in the final of the World Test Championship. Especially considering that Australia has 4 lefthander batsmen in the top order. Ashwin could have put pressure on these batsmen.

When Ravi Shastri was asked about not choosing Ashwin in the playing XI in the same show, he said that the mistake happened. Now forget Ashwin. Now go ahead. Plan the game for the second day. There are still 4 days left in the match. Test match gives a chance to come back. Just have to try.

Sunil Gavaskar also raised questions on keeping Ashwin out of the playing XI during the commentary. He said, ‘I am surprised that Ashwin is not in the playing eleven. The Indian team has reached here (till the finals) only because of him. Ashwin could have been included in the team in place of Umesh Yadav on this wicket.

Former coach Lalchand Rajput also included both spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in his playing XI a day before. But when Ashwin’s name was missing from the playing XI, Lalchand Rajput said that this decision may have been taken after looking at the pitch. Often an extra fast bowler is included in England looking at the pitch and the weather. India has done the same in the WTC final. But Team India has to be cautious. Often having 4 fast bowlers makes up for the lack of a spinner.

Tags: India vs Australia, Ashwin, Sourav Ganguly, Travis Head, WTC Final

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