Legendary Sunil Gavaskar was unhappy on Wednesday after seeing India’s grim show in their second World Cup final (WTC) final against New Zealand. With a 32-fold lead, India suffered a mini-collapse after losing a skipper Virat Kohli,, Cheteshwar Pujara and Adjinkya Rahane in quick succession.
Kohli (13) and Pujara (15) were fired by Kyle Jamieson, while Rahane (15) was scalped by Trent Bult, placing the kiwi in a strong position to wedge the mace.
Rishabh Pant fought for two and a half hours, scoring 41 of 88 deliveries, but received no support from the other end. Wickets continued to crash at regular intervals as India eventually managed to post 170 on the board, leaving New Zealand with a modest 139-target to chase in a clash with tents.
“India should have beaten better, the sun had risen, there was no amazing movement, but they were taken out for 170,” Gavascar said in a comment when the last Indian wicket fell in the afternoon session.
Gavascar also pointed to the lack of movement in Collie’s legs after the Indian skipper fell victim to Jamieson in both passes of the test. “His hind legs did not move and he gave himself over to the shot,” Gavascar said.
Former England skipper Nasser Hussein said Collie’s shot brought back memories of India’s 2014 tour of England.
“A little bit like 2014, not the one from 2018. This was the line that bothered James Anderson in 2014. He left the last time he played in England,” Hussein said in a comment.