WTC Final 2021: Rain disrupted the game for the fourth consecutive day, former India and New Zealand cricketers furious at ICC
The final match of the ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand is being played in Southampton. The rain remained villainous for the fourth consecutive day of the Test with not a single ball being bowled today. The WTC final match appears to be moving towards a draw. Meanwhile, former cricketers from India and New Zealand have lashed out at the ICC for keeping a reserve day of just one day for the first winner of the WTC.
Looking at the situation of the match, many veteran players believe that this match is now moving towards a draw. Meanwhile, the anger of former India batsman Virender Sehwag has erupted on the ICC. He lambasted the ICC for the timing of the WTC final.
Virender Sehwag’s anger on ICC
Sehwag wrote on his Twitter handle, ‘The batsmen also did not get the timing and the ICC too.’ Apart from Sehwag, former India batsman VVS Laxman also appeared unhappy with the ICC’s decision to reserve one day. It rained heavily on the first day of the Test as well, and the game could not take place, while the second and third day’s play was also disrupted by rain.
Batsman ko bhi Timing nahi mili dhang ki, aur ICC ko bhi#WTCFinal
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 21, 2021
While interacting with Star Sports, VVS Laxman said, “It is very sad for the fans. I think the ICC did not make the right rules. Eventually, you should get a champion. Being present for a long time, I was confident that 450 overs would be completed by doing 90 overs in 5 days. I expected something like this from the ICC. We were very curious that reserve day exists, but I don’t think the match will be over even after reserve day if the rain continues.
Shane Bond & Sanjay Bangar
Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond also admitted that the match was heading towards a draw due to rain. “Both teams want to play to win. Secondly, the pitch is helping the bowlers a lot and if three or four days of play had been played properly, we would have got the result easily. But, I am with VVS. I wanted to see 450 overs play out so that a team can come out on top. At the same time, former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar said that if India is successful in giving a target between 150 and 160, then it can be difficult for New Zealand in the fourth innings.
The third day of the Test was entirely in New Zealand’s name. The Indian batting order collapsed in front of the Kiwi bowlers and the entire team was all out for 217 runs. Kyle Jamieson took 5 wickets while bowling deadly for New Zealand. By the end of the day’s play, the Kiwi team had scored 101 runs losing just 2 wickets. Devon Conway scored a brilliant half-century for the team. Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin took one wicket each for India.