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WTC21: 5 reasons that took away Virat Kohli’s dream

WTC21: The Indian team could not perform as expected in the final of this ICC World Test Championship and the Kiwi team defeated it in this match.

The first edition of the ICC World Test Championship is over. India and New Zealand ( WTC21 India vs New Zealand) had made it to this final. The final match was expected to be exciting but the rain continued to disturb this match and hence the result of the match came on the day of reserve day and New Zealand defeated India. New Zealand won this match by eight wickets. India had scored 217 runs in the first innings. Then the Kiwi team scored 249 runs and took a lead of 32 runs. Then the Indian team could only score 170 runs in the second innings, due to which New Zealand needed 138 runs to win, which New Zealand achieved by losing two wickets.

Once again Kohli could not win the ICC tournament under his captaincy. The fans of India are disappointed with this defeat. Will definitely happen because the Indian team that is currently in place has the ability to win on any ground. The team proved this thing during the tour of Australia. But in the final match of this Test Championship played in Southampton, the Indian team proved to be laggy. Let’s look at the five reasons for India’s defeat.


Lack of Big Innings

None of India’s batsmen could score even a half-century in this match. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scored 49 runs in the first innings but no other batsman could do anything. Rahane was India’s highest scorer in this match as none of the batsmen could even touch the fifty in the second innings. Rishabh Pant scored 41 runs in this innings. One of the reasons for India’s defeat was also the lack of big innings from India.

Short Second Innings

In the second innings, the Indian batsmen kept losing wickets and could not score big. In the second innings, the Indian team could score only 170 runs, due to which the team could not give a big target to New Zealand. New Zealand had got a target of 139 runs on the last day, which the Kiwi team easily achieved. At the same time, India’s tail batsmen could not make the kind of contribution in both the innings as they should have contributed.

Failure to deal quickly with the tail batsmen of the opposing team

Indian bowlers could not stop New Zealand from getting off to a good start in the first innings. Although he took wickets in the middle, but the tail batsmen once again troubled India. New Zealand had lost their five wickets for 135 runs in the first innings, but after this, the tail batsmen of the Kiwi team set foot on the wicket and took the team ahead of India’s score and also gave the lead.

Lack of Partnerships

Big partnerships are also necessary for the victory of any team in Tests, but that also did not happen from India’s side. India had only two half-century partnerships in the first innings but it was also lacking in the second innings. If the batsmen had made small partnerships, then India could have made a strong score.

Lack of Swing Bowler

The ball swings in the conditions of England and then in this match the rain also made the weather similar, which increased the importance of the swing bowler. New Zealand have Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Kyle Jameson who can swing well but India did not have any better swing bowler, so Bhuvneshwar Kumar was remembered for this match on social media.

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