Even before the final, Sachin Tendulkar had described the oval as helpful for the spinners.Image Credit source: PTI
New Delhi: The issue on which there was a lot of discussion before the five-day competition, a lot of suggestions were being given, they are still continuing. world test championship final This debate continued even during the five days of fighting and did not stop even after India’s defeat on the last day. The issue is – Ravichandran Ashwin’s place. After India’s defeat in the final against Australia, the great Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has once again expressed his surprise over this decision.
Australia won the World Test Championship by defeating India by 209 runs at the Oval in London. On the last day of the match, on Sunday, June 11, Australia won the match by stacking India for just 234 runs in the last innings. In this innings for Australia, off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 4 wickets and this again put India’s decision not to include Ashwin in the dock.
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Sachin lashed out at not feeding Ashwin
Master blaster Tendulkar, who usually avoids criticizing or questioning decisions after the defeat of the Indian team, is also perhaps hurt by the humiliating defeat at The Oval. This is the reason why he mentioned this issue again after Team India failed to win the title. In a tweet, Sachin Tendulkar questioned Team India’s decision along with congratulating Australia for the victory.
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
In his post, Sachin wondered why the world’s number one ranked Test bowler was kept out of the playing XI. Even before the match, Sachin had advocated feeding Ashwin in a video, referring to the effect of spinners on the oval pitch. He reiterated that capable spinners use variation with the bounce and drift of the pitch.
How can Starc’s presence benefit off-spinners?
— 100MB (@100MasterBlastr) June 6, 2023
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Visible effect on the first day itself
Not only Sachin, but since the playing XI came out on the first day of the match, many veterans of India and Australia including Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting were also seen questioning this decision. The Indian team landed with 4 fast bowlers and one spinner. The result was that in the third session on the first day, when the wickets of Steve Smith and Travis Head were not available, the Indian bowlers failed to stop the run and its effect ultimately affected the result.
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