IND vs NZ WTC Final 2021: India lost to New Zealand by eight wickets in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) yesterday. India had set a target of 139 runs to New Zealand on the last day of the test match, which they easily achieved by losing 2 wickets. Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, recovering from the initial setback, shared an unbroken 96-run partnership for the third wicket and played a key role in making their team world Test champions. Williamson scored an unbeaten 52 and Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten 47 while playing the captaincy innings.
India’s bowlers put a lot of emphasis on their side but Williamson and Taylor did not give them much opportunities. After the match, captain Kohli talked about doing better in batting. Kohli said that if we had scored 30-40 more runs in our second innings, then the result of this match could have been different. Let us tell you what were the five big reasons for India’s defeat in the final.
India’s top order flop
In both the innings of the final match, India’s top order failed to make an impact. In the first innings, both Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill made a modest start but they failed to convert it into big scores. Pujara is responsible for keeping the Indian innings tied on one side but he too was soon dismissed by the New Zealand bowlers in both the innings. At the same time, captain Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were also dismissed early after a good start in the first innings. The absence of any long partnership in the top order and middle order proved to be a big reason for the defeat in the end.
Swing bowler shortage according to conditions in England
In this match, India included three fast and two spin bowlers in their playing XI. India’s bowling attack lacked an expert swing bowler. The conditions in England are favorable for fast, especially swing bowlers. In such a situation, it was heavy for the team to go with an extra spinner instead of a fast bowler. New Zealand chose their bowling attack according to the conditions of England and did not feed a single spinner in the team. Southee and Trent Boult’s swing and Jameson’s heavy bowling as well as Neil Wagner’s aggressive bouncer kept the Indian batsmen entangled in their net.
New Zealand’s last four wickets fell heavy
New Zealand’s lower order batsmen added brilliant runs for the team in the first innings while India’s lower order was dismissed early in both the innings. In the first innings, New Zealand’s 6 wickets fell for 162 runs and it seemed that India would take the lead in this match. But Jameson and Saudi batted fast and added 58 runs to the scorecard. Together with captain Williamson, both of them played an important role in giving their team a 32 run lead in India’s first innings. In the end it turned out to be a big difference.
Jasprit Bumrah could not leave an impact
In this match, the Indian team had high hopes from its star bowler Jasprit Bumrah, but he proved to be ineffective in front of the Kiwi batsmen. He did not manage to take a single wicket in both the innings of the match. Apart from this, India also missed the fifth bowler. Jadeja bowled only 15 overs in the entire match and New Zealand bowlers had no problem facing him on this pitch festival. If India had a fast bowling all-rounder like Hardik Pandya in place of Jadeja, it would have been easier to keep pressure on New Zealand continuously and the outcome of the match could have been different.
India lacks match practice
Before this important match, India was forced to not play a single practice match. The Indian team did play an intra-squad match but it proved to be insufficient according to the preparations for the final match.
IND vs NZ WTC Final 2021: Captain Kohli said after the defeat – Had he scored 30-40 more runs, the result could have been different
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