Australia beat India by 209 runs
Sachin raised questions about the decision to keep Ashwin out
Tendulkar told where Team India has missed
New Delhi. Sachin Tendulkar, who is called the God of cricket, has told where India has missed in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. In the final played at The Oval, Australia defeated India (India vs Australia) by 209 runs to win their trophy. It has been said that a spinner of his caliber does not need favorable conditions to be effective.
‘Should have made a bigger score in the first innings’
India head coach Rahul Dravid defended his decision to drop Ashwin in the team, saying that the rain conditions forced him to go with a fourth specialist fast bowler. Tendulkar tweeted on Sunday, ‘India had to score a big score in the first innings to stay in the match, but they could not do so. There were some good moments for the Indian team, but I cannot digest the decision of not including Ashwin in the playing XI. He is currently the number one Test bowler in the world.
‘A skilful spinner doesn’t always rely on help when he meets the pitch’
Tendulkar was taken aback by the argument that a bowler of Ashwin’s caliber could not be used in pacer-friendly conditions, that too when this Australian team has several left-handed batsmen. He said, ‘I had said before the match that a skilled spinner does not always rely on help when he meets the pitch. He uses the wind, the bounce of the pitch and his variations. It should not be forgotten that Australia had five left-handed batsmen in the top eight. Ashwin has taken 61 wickets in 13 Tests in the two-year cycle of the second season of the WTC.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 12, 2023, 07:01 IST