WTC: The Australian team under the leadership of Pat Cummins has won the World Test Championship final by defeating India by 209 runs.
In the final, the Australian batsmen as well as the bowlers also showed excellent performance and outclassed the Indian team and won this honor.
With this win, Australia became part of the club that only includes New Zealand. New Zealand won the trophy for the first time two years ago by defeating India in the final of the World Test Championship.
In the match played at the Oval, India won the toss and decided to field first, but its bowlers as well as the batsmen could not perform well.
Congratulations, Australia! 🇦🇺
— ICC (@ICC) June 11, 2023
In the presence of captain Rohit Sharma as well as batsmen like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Chatyoshar Pujara and Subman Gill, the Indian team could not even cross the 300-run mark in both the innings.
In contrast, Australia scored 469 runs in the first innings thanks to Travis Head’s 163 and Steven Smith’s 121, which kept India under pressure in both innings.
No Indian batsman could score a fifty in the second innings
Chasing 444 runs, the Indian team started the fifth day with 164 runs for the loss of three wickets. They needed 280 runs to win, leaving Australia to win by seven wickets.
This race was won by the Australian bowlers and made the team the winner of the ICC World Test Championship final for the first time, while the Indian team had to settle for the runners-up trophy for the second time in a row.
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) June 11, 2023
Ahead of the fifth and final day’s play, fans were hopeful that Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane would be able to lead India to the final, but both players went back to the pavilion within the first hour.
Virat Kohli fell short of his half-century by just one run. His innings ended on a score of 49 with Steve Smith caught at slip off Scott Boland.
Ravindra Jadeja, who saved India from the follow-on by playing an important innings of 48 runs in the first innings, proved to be the guest of only two balls in the second innings. Wicketkeeper Alex Carey caught him behind the wickets and sent him back to the pavilion.
Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 89 runs in the first innings, resisted in the second innings as well but his innings ended after scoring 46 runs. When he was dismissed by Mitchell Starc, India’s score was 212 for six.
In such a situation, wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat kept India in the match by scoring 23 runs, but off-spinner Nathan Line dismissed him and Shirdal Thakur without scoring any runs, adding to India’s problems.
Umesh Yadav was dismissed by Mitchell Starc to lose India by nine wickets, while Nathan Line dismissed Mohammad Siraj to give his team a 209-run victory.
The entire Indian team was bowled out for 234 runs in the second innings. Wicketkeeper Carey took four catches in the innings while Nathan Line was the top bowler with four wickets.
Mitchell Starc ends Ajinkya Rahane’s fight as India sink further 👀
— ICC (@ICC) June 11, 2023
Scott Boland took three wickets, Mitchell Starc took two wickets and captain Pat Cummins took one wicket to contribute to the win.
Travis Head was adjudged Player of the Final for his brilliant batting.
Former players are dissatisfied with India’s performance
On the wicket where Australian off-spinner Nathan took five wickets in the match, India decided to rest their off-spinner Ashwin on the same wicket.
The social media users raised noise on the five days of the match for dropping the top ranked bowler in the Test rankings, but according to former Test cricketer Akash Chopra, India is losing due to his batting in all three formats.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) June 11, 2023
On this occasion, former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer congratulated the champion Australia and said that the Australian team dominated the match all five days and they deserved this victory.
Australia become the first ever team to win all major ICC titles. They have completed the quadruple with World Cup, T20 World Cup, Champions Trophy and World Test Championship 🏆🏆🏆🏆
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) June 11, 2023
According to journalist Farid Khan, with this success, Australia became the first team to win all tournaments in international cricket. He had several fifty-over World Cups, T20 World Cups and ICC Champions Trophy before this trophy. World Test Championship final