India and Australia went on head to head in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 final on June 7 at The Oval. But on the very first day of the final, the Australian team made a strong hold on the match. By the end of the first day’s play, Australia scored 327 runs losing only 3 wickets. After bowling well in the first session, Indian bowlers looked helpless in front of Travis Head and Steve Smith.
Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting said that India did a huge mistake by not picking Ravichandran Ashwing in the Playing XI. Pointing said that he was surprised as the Australian team have many left-handed batters and Ashwin could’ve troubled them.
“The reason why I was surprised that Ashwin was left out is because of the number of left-handers Australia have. There’s no doubt in my mind that Ashwin would have bowled a lot better than Jadeja later on in the Test. The big decision that they had to make was between Thakur and Umesh. I was leaning towards Thakur because he would be my workhorse to give a bit of a break to the strike bowlers Shami and Siraj. You can go to Jadeja for a couple of overs just to tie the game down a bit,” Ponting was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
The bowlers will have to accept that they are gonna get driven: Ricky Ponting
The lengths that the India pacers Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Umesh Yadav bowled with the new ball received criticism from Ponting and Dinesh Karthik as well. The best bowler was Siraj, who dismissed Usman Khawaja for a duck. The remaining bowlers were either too short or ineffective.
“It always looks good because they are pretty bowls but the one that gets you the wickets is the one pitched in the 5-meter mark.” Karthik said.
“If India had bowled really well then 60% would have been on the fuller side and 20% on a good length. I made a point earlier, the bowlers will have to accept that they are gonna get driven every now and then. What the captain can do is maybe have his mid-off and mid-on straighter and deeper which just gives the bowlers encouragement to pitch it up,” Ponting said.
Here’s how fans reacted to Ponting’s remark:
Goat captaincy by goatman. 🤩🤩
— Hehe (@ajdjdhsuhs) June 7, 2023
Jadeja is good option no doubt he will bat bowl and field
— Usthad_PSPKCultsIndia🦅 (@UsthadPspkcults) June 7, 2023
aag me ghee dalte hue pointing sahab 🤣🤣
— Whale (@RAH_aayush) June 7, 2023
Last time bhi aisa hi mistake kiya ta,fir bhi nahi sudre..
— Devesh Malvankar (@DeveshMalvanka7) June 7, 2023
Umesh se accha isko khela lete
Umesh bohot hi tatti bowling kr rha tha kl
— Ashu (@Ashu3343) June 8, 2023
In absence of Pant, Iyer and Rahul We were a batsman short already. Adding the Batsman Jadeja was the trick. Considering history fast bowlers always got something in England, went with Shardul otherwise Ashwin is equally capable as batsman in Test cricket. Now selection done hope
— Umessh Malik🇮🇳 (@umeshm712) June 8, 2023
Shame on Vadapav
— Kohlified. (@123perthclassic) June 7, 2023
No one :
Rohit Sharma after winning the toss and watching the pitch at
The Oval covered with green grass pic.twitter.com/eczXdrLe7N
— Suyog Arvind Vengsarkar (@SuyogSr) June 7, 2023
On point. Wonder what Rohit did not understand
— Shelby (@TuAagLagaDega) June 7, 2023
ashwin could have cleaned up smith within 20 runs
— AkS (@RRfc2008) June 7, 2023