Sourav Ganguly digs Rohit, Dravid decides to omit R Ashwin for WTC final


Australia have so far dominated the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against India at the Oval. Despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the Kangaroos first posted 469 courtesy of centuries from Travis Head and Steve Smith, then managed to bring India down to 151/5 at Stumps on Day 2. The situation could have been worse if captain Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara all failed to impress with the bat and it was a partnership worth 71 from 100 between Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane that made them could make some kind of recovery.

However, just when it started to look like the two could help India finish the day on something of a high note, especially given the situation they found themselves in, Nathan Lyon threw a special ball to get rid of Jadeja which knocked out the southpaw for 48 Shortly after this sacking, ex-India captain Sourav Ganguly took a sneer at the Indian team management led by Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid’s decision not to include Ravichandran Ashwin in their Playing 11 for the top battle. Ganguly said Lyon’s delivery to remove India’s “best batsman” proves India could have continued with Ashwin, the team, who was seen running down the pitch with drinks during this match.

“Who says off-spinner can’t play on a green field? Left-handed batter [Ravindra Jadeja] and Nathan Lyons. He has over 400 wickets in Test cricket. At this time, he dismissed India’s leading batsman. [It had both] Spin and bounce,” he said.

In terms of match situation, India is still trailing Australia’s first innings total by 318 runs, with Rahane and KS Bharat still in the middle. Much will depend on the cooperation between the two, if India wants to make some kind of comeback in this game. The third day of the test match begins on Friday (June 9) at 3:30 PM (IST).



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