Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar questioned Virat Kohli“intention” after the defeat of India in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand.
Extending India’s eight-year wait for ICC silverware, Collie’s men suffered eight wicket losses against the Kiwis on the last day of the tent clash.
Skipper Collie had talked about the need for batsmen to show more intention to mark tracks when conditions are difficult to beat, as was the case in Southampton. However, Wengsarkar said that Collie’s people also had to show intention in preparing for the final of the big tickets.
The former head coach believes that India has played well during the two-year cycle of the WTC, but their preparation for the final is far from perfect. “If he talks about intention, then why didn’t the team prepare properly for this match? Where was the intention then? They had to play at least two four-day matches.
“You want to know if players are fit or not by playing these games. Fast bowlers will know how long to hit right away in these practice games alone.”
Wengsarkar also said that India announced the best game available eleven-two days before the game, although there is an opportunity to play an extra sailor when the game starts in the game hit by the rain.
After a total wash on the first day of the show’s event finale, the Indian team had the opportunity to run a spinner to accommodate Mohamed Siraj in the squad.
“You see, we had beaten Australia with a similar combination more or less. It was the best team they chose in the specific circumstances. Whether you announce it on the day of the game or the day before, it doesn’t matter much. I have an idea for conditions anyway, “he said.
(With PTI inputs)