New Delhi: The Indian team once again had to face defeat in the final of the ICC Trophy. Australia handed a crushing defeat to Team India by 209 runs in the World Test Championship (WTC) final on Sunday. Many questions are arising after this defeat. Test’s number-1 spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was kept out of the playing XI in this title match. While many decisions of the captain and coach did not go in favor of the team. After this crushing defeat, veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar has raised many questions.
The decision to keep Ashwin out is beyond comprehension
He tweeted and said- Congratulations to Team Australia on winning the WTC Final. Steve Smith and Travis Head laid a solid foundation on day one to swing the game in their favour. India needed to bat big in the first innings to stay in the game, but they could not do so. Team India had some good moments but I don’t see the reason behind keeping Ashwin out of the playing XI, who is currently the number one Test bowler in the world.
Congratulations to Team Australia on winning the #WTCFinal. @stevesmith49 and @travishead34 set a solid foundation on Day one itself to tilt the game in their favour. India had to bat big in the first innings to stay in the game, but they couldn’t. There were some good moments…
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 11, 2023– Advertisement –
Skilful spinners don’t always rely on turning tracks
Tendulkar further said- As I mentioned before the match, skilled spinners do not always rely on turning tracks. They use drift and surface currents in the wind to hide their variations. Not to forget that 5 of Australia’s top 8 batsmen were left-handers.
Actually, these questions of Tendulkar are justified because Australia had 5 left-handed batsmen. Against whom Ashwin would have proved better. The second pitch helped bowlers like Nathan Lyon in the second innings. He took four wickets in the second innings. Ashwin’s exclusion was being questioned from day one.