India’s drought for ICC title after Champions Trophy 2013 continuous as India lost the World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
On the other hand, New Zealand drought of not winning the ICC title is finally broken after their emphatic win against India in the world test championship final.
To be honest, they thoroughly deserved the title considering what happened with them in the 2019 world cup final, aren’t they? Despite the bad weather in Southampton, they achieved this feat.
What went wrong for India? Is it captaincy? Is it batting collapse? Is it toss?
Here are 4 reasons why India lost the World Test Championship Final
1. Lack of preparation
India arrived in England too late, they didn’t get practice games(except inter-squad match), they were clearly short of match practice. Whereas before playing the World Test championship Final New Zealand played 2 test match series against.
Usually, the Indians are a slow starter of the series they do lose the first match of the series quite often and then, later on, make a comeback in the series.
But due to the fact, this was the only match they didn’t have any chance of coming back in the series.
You might be the best team in the world but before playing in tough conditions like England you need 1 or 2 games to get used to the circumstances.
India didn’t play any game before the World Test championship final and hence their lack of match practice cost them a game.
2. Condition were more favourable for New Zealand
As New Zealand plays on similar kind of tracks at home they were much aware of the situation as compare to India.
Their fast bowlers looked more lethal in these conditions which is understandable as most of them were swing bowlers. Whereas Indian bowlers (especially Bumrah) took some time to get into a rhythm on this pitch.
They didn’t have many runs on the board, they were missing the fourth seamer as well. Therefore, despite bowling with their heart out, they weren’t enough to win the game for India.
3. Match situation
After losing a crucial toss, India was in a good position at the end of day 1 (day 2) but constant raining, bad weather, wet outfield didn’t work in their favour. If it wouldn’t have rained the way Kohli and Rahane were playing they would have surely got more runs on the board.
But unfortunately, the play stopped that day and the next India’s batting order got collapsed, New Zealand bowlers were just too good for India’s tail.
And heading into the final day (reserve day) of the test match India could only draw or lose the match which put extra pressure on the Indian batsmen and the batting got collapsed again.
4. Missing the services of seam bowling all rounder
India badly missed the services of guys like Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who can swing the ball miles and can contribute with the bat as well.
On this pitch, in these circumstances, they would have been very handy as we saw what Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee did. They not only swung the ball but got some crucial runs lower down the order as well which ultimately helped New Zealand taking a significant lead of 32 runs in the first innings.
Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were not 100% fit and hence they were not part of the Indian squad for this tour. Their absence hurt India a lot.
Well, there can’t be ifs and buts in cricket what happened is happened and you can’t change that, you have only one choice to accept it and move on.
A lot of people were criticizing Kohli’s captaincy for this loss but his captaincy was spot on. His bowling changes, his field placements, his tactics everything was perfect. Don’t think he could have done better as far as the captaincy is concerned.
Also, we shouldn’t forget that cricket is a team game. Here, every player is equally responsible for a win or loss.
Hope India will look forward from here and do well in the upcoming England series as well as T20 World Cup this year.
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