New Delhi. Rohit Sharma’s team India (India vs Australia) had to face defeat in the final of the World Test Championship. In the final played at the Oval ground, Australia defeated India by 209 runs and got the credit of becoming the winner. This is the second defeat of the Indian team in the WTC final. Earlier in the year 2021, the team had to face defeat at the hands of New Zealand. Talking about the reasons for Team India’s defeat, former Pakistan captain and batsman Salman Butt questioned the decision of captain Rohit Sharma to bowl first after winning the toss.
Salman Butt said in a conversation with Hafiz Mohammad Imran, I think the decision of bowling earlier was not correct. I think rest of them are free to say that this was our plan and we could not execute it. Butt also considered playing Test after coming out of T20 mode in a very short time as the reason for the defeat.
there is a lack of concentration
He said that after leaving a lot of T20 cricket, when you come straight into Test cricket. The game is of muscle memory, after leaving there you have been playing shots. When it is changed suddenly, sometimes there is a lack of concentration. No matter how big a player you are. It takes time to change this situation. If you come after playing this type of (T20) cricket for 60-70 days, then this happens. I felt like this after seeing Rohit Sharma’s sweep shot in the second innings. The number of shots Virat Kohli played on the outside ball, he knew that there was no batsman in front of him and the match was dependent on him, but he hit such an open drive. But the shots would have started. If Kohli had luck, the ball would have been beaten. But Kohli was not lucky and Smith took a very good catch.
India performing in patches
Regarding batting, he said that India’s batting has been performing in patches for a long time. Rahane did not perform well for the last few years, now he is doing well. Something similar is about Pujara, he was not doing well against England. Virat Kohli was not able to score big. In this match, there was no big score from any batsman of India. Butt also said that Australia deserved to win. Before winning the Ashes, he became the world champion in Tests. They played in the Australian way and after falling three wickets in the first innings did a ‘counter attack’ Travis Head played very well, Steve Smith played a long innings. His bowlers especially Boland bowled well. Nathan Lyon is their spinner who takes wickets on all types of pitches.
On the fourth day felt that the wicket got better
He said that the decision was making. Butt said that after the match, Rohit Sharma said in the press conference that we had an idea that the wicket would get better. By the way, he made a big guess. His batters who got out could not explain the bounce. The ball on which Virat was dismissed in the first innings was unplayable. On the fourth day, it seemed that the wicket had improved. Earlier the ball was staying down and was also kicking. The movement that was there on the first day, which he is saying was a big help from the wicket, was slow in the pace. Some balls were even reaching the wicketkeeper in two taps. He said that the decision to bowl first was not correct.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 12, 2023, 15:35 IST