- New Zealand won the final of the World Test Championship
- Beat Team India by ** Wickets in the title match
- Rain affected in the final, the result came on the sixth ie Reserve Day
- India had given a target of 139 runs to the Kiwis on the last day
World cricket has got its first Test champion. New Zealand won the first World Cup of this 144-year-old format of cricket. Team India had to face defeat in the title match. Virat Kohli’s dream of winning the first ICC tournament was also shattered after losing the final of the World Test Championship. On the sixth and reserve day of this rain-battered title match, New Zealand got a simple target of 139 runs for victory, which Kane and Co. achieved with eight wickets to spare.
Let’s take a look at the four factors that took India away from this victory.
Openers did not give a good start
In this title match, the Indian team lost the toss and elected to bat first. Both the openers had also taken a critical initial time in the overcast condition, but Rohit Sharma went on after scoring 34 runs and Shubman Gill 28 after playing 68 balls. It was the same in the second innings as well. Rohit, who was set after playing 82 balls, bowled his wicket for 30 runs, then Shubman Gill was cheap (8 runs) after facing 33 balls. Its pressure came on the middle order.
Colorless captain Kohli in the second innings
Captain Kohli is infamous for failing frequently on the big stage. The World Test Championship final was no less than a golden opportunity for him. He also had the opportunity to win the first ICC trophy as captain, but he proved to be a complete failure. Although the first innings was definitely in good shape, but on the third day of the game, the overnight score was dismissed for 44 runs. The whole country expected him in the final i.e. reserve-day, but once again he was cheaply a victim of Jamieson, after which the entire middle order collapsed.
Flop from stopping tail batsmen
New Zealand had taken a 32 run lead after scoring 249 runs in their first innings. Despite the loss of six wickets for 162 runs, the Indian bowlers could not bowl out New Zealand soon. Pacer Kyle Jamieson conceded 21 runs in an aggressive manner, adding useful runs with the Saudis. Southee hit a six at long on in the next over of Ishant after Williamson was dismissed. Jadeja was also hit for a six. India could have wrapped up the Kiwi innings at least 50 runs earlier.
Pacers not being effective
The pitch on which the pacers of New Zealand created a ruckus. Got the Indian team out twice. At the same time, the pacers of Team India could not be effective in that way. Whereas the weather, the pitch was all fast bowling friendly. Barring Ishant Sharma, no player’s ball was seen swinging. Shami took four wickets in the first innings, but Jasprit Bumrah lost his confidence in both the innings. He has also been criticized for bowling extremely short pitches and too much outside off-stump.