Glenn McGrath is the director of the MRF Pace Foundation.
Indian team lost by 209 runs in the final
New Delhi. Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has said after the Indian team’s defeat in the ICC World Test Championship final that ‘sometimes it happens’. Australia captured this trophy for the first time by defeating India by 209 runs in the WTC Final (WTC Final 2023) played at Kennington Oval, London. Team India missed out on winning the final for the second time in a row. Earlier, India was defeated by New Zealand in the title match.
Glenn McGrath, director of Chennai-based MRF Pace Foundation, said, ‘Sometimes it happens. Yes, the conditions in England are very different from Indian cricket. Sometimes this happens, it can also be called dressing room pressure. The Indian team disintegrated under the pressure of 469 runs scored in Australia’s first innings. India’s top order flopped badly. The stalwarts of the star-studded Team India succumbed easily. From Virat Kohli to Rohit Sharma, everyone was seen battling for runs.
‘I’m not too worried’
The former Australian veteran said, ‘Both teams haven’t played much Test cricket recently, but that’s what happens. You go a bit astray on the last day of the match. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane needed to build a big partnership. But India lost quick wickets. It was a Test match competition, so I am not worried much.
Head and Smith made a match winning partnership
Travis Head and Steve Smith scored brilliant centuries in the first innings for Australia. In the first innings from India, Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur made a century partnership. Young opener Shubman Gill also could not do much, while the bat of experienced Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been playing county in England for a long time, also remained silent.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 13, 2023, 09:39 IST