'If the mindset was positive you’d want to bat' - Ravi Shastri slams Indian team for their mistakes vs Australia in WTC 2023 final

Former head coach Ravi Shastri has said Rohit Sharma did not show a ‘positive mindset’ by electing to bowl in the WTC final.

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Rohit Sharma and Ravi Shastri (Source - Twitter)

Rohit Sharma and Ravi Shastri (Source - Twitter)

On Wednesday, June 7, Australia finished Day 1 of the WTC final at The Oval with 327/3. The most dangerous Indian bowlers appeared to be Siraj and Shami, who both claimed a wicket and the Australian batters didn't appear to be too concerned as Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur were added to the attack.

Meanwhile, former India head coach Ravi Shastri has raised questions on India’s gameplay and said that the Indian team would’ve opted to bat first if they had a positive mindset and said that the Australian team are now in a prime position.

“From what came out today, the mindset was to field if they won the toss, hence the choices in the bowling department – four seamers one spinner. If the mindset was positive you’d want to bat, rough it out in the first session and see if you can put 250 on board. Don’t think too big 250-260 and if the conditions got better and you saw the first session through, you could have got more. 

"I think Australia are in a prime position now. It’s up to them to allow India back into the game, they batted beautifully, especially in the first session of play and that really set things up. You saw what you did with Head – better lines, into the body, lot of short stuff and take it from there and if you strike early you take it from there,” Shastri was quoted as saying by Zee News.

Australia can bat India out of the contest: Ravi Shastri

Shastri further added that India will lose control of the match if they are unable to pick up early wickets on Day 2 and they might even lose the game. He also added that if Australian batters will play two and a half sessions then India would be out of the contest.

“Winning will become difficult. If you lose that session in the morning then you can forget about winning. Australia can bat India out of the contest by even wanting to bat two and a half sessions tomorrow with the way they are going they could be 600 plus,” Shastri added.

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