Sachin Tendulkar on WTC Final: The final match of the World Test Championship was played between India and New Zealand from 18 to 23 June. New Zealand won this match by eight wickets. The result of this rain-interrupted test came out on the sixth day. Actually, the ICC had kept a reserve day in this historic match. India had landed in this match with three fast bowlers and two spinners. At the same time, England had included four fast bowlers and one fast bowling all-rounder in their team. After India’s defeat, many former cricketers had said that India had landed with the wrong bowling combination considering the weather and the pitch. Now the name of former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, popularly known as ‘Lord of Cricket’, has also been added to this list.
Actually, Sachin Tendulkar has said that the Indian team management made a mistake in the bowling combination against New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship. And at the same time bowling less than Ravindra Jadeja also weighed heavily on him.
Tendulkar, who holds the record for most runs in Tests and ODIs, said on his YouTube channel that the spinners never came into play due to lack of sunshine in the first few days. Especially left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who bowled only 7.2 overs in the first innings. At the same time, Jadeja bowled only eight overs in the second innings on the sixth day.
Sachin said, “Look, when you play with five bowlers, it is impossible that all five bowlers get equal overs. It doesn’t work that way. You get the position of the pitch, the position of the overhead, the wind. Help has to be kept in mind. Accordingly, you decide.”
Tendulkar further said that he understood the rationale behind Ravichandran Ashwin bowling more overs (15-5-28-2) than Jadeja (7.2-2-20-1) in the first innings, as New Zealand’s left-hander There were footmarks made by the batsmen. The bowlers and the opposition had left-handed batsmen. He called Jadeja unlucky in the second innings.
The only batsman to score 100 international centuries said that Southampton’s pitch is favorable for fast bowlers and not for spinners. “If people didn’t get equal opportunity, it was because fast bowlers were getting help. There are pitches for spinners, pitches for fast bowlers. So you have to understand the conditions,” he said.