India have had a nightmare start to the 2023 World Test Championship (WTC) final as Australia have dominated proceedings on the first day despite Rohit Sharma winning the toss. Rohit’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss has not paid the dividends that they would have hoped for.
After Mohammed Siraj removed Usman Khawaja for a duck, it has been Australia’s day, as they look set to put up a massive score on the board. The pair of Travis Head and Steve Smith have put the 2021 runner’s-up on the backfoot with a 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Skipper Rohit was visibly frustrated with how things had gone, and the stump-mic caught his annoyance at how things were going for India. During the second session, Rohit was visibly angry at a teammate while setting the field for an over by Ravindra Jadeja and was caught using some foul language while pointing out his mistake. “Kya Yar Tum Log *********,” Rohit was heard saying in a video that went viral on social media.
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India left to regret Ashwin decision.
At the toss, India dropped a bombshell as skipper Rohit declared India were playing with four pacers and just one spinner, which meant that world no.1 bowler Ravichandran Ashwin missed out, with Ravindra Jadeja getting the cut as the sole spinner due to his all-round ability.
However, Indian pacers have not had the desired impact, with Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur especially struggling to control the flow of runs. As the day has gone by, the overcast conditions have disappeared as Australia has enjoyed a bright, sunny day to bat in, which has also made people question India’s decision to leave out Ashwin. Jadeja’s bowling has shown some assistance for spinners, and one wonders if the duo could have caused damage bowling together.
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Rohit had defended the decision at the toss by stating that it was taken in favour of the team’s needs while admitting it was a tough call to leave a match-winner like Ashwin out. The veteran off-spinner has now been benched for six consecutive Test matches in England.