The team, led by Rohit Sharma, suffered a devastating loss by 209 runs in the finals where none of the top seven batters, except Ajinkya Rahane in the first innings, could manage to score a fifty. This poor performance by the Indian batting line-up has resulted in many criticisms of their shot selection.
Hussain’s suggestion to look up to Pakistan’s Babar Azam and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson for inspiration
Nasser Hussain believes that the Indian top-order batters, including Virat Kohli, can learn from the likes of Pakistan’s Babar Azam and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson on how to handle swing and seam bowling efficiently.
Hussain emphasized the need for the Indian cricket team to improve their techniques in facing pacers when the ball is moving. Hussain acknowledged potential backlash from fans but made it clear that it was necessary to call out the team on their poor performance.
India’s struggle against the moving ball
India’s struggle against the moving ball was evident on the final day of the WTC Final, as Scott Boland dismissed both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja in three deliveries, effectively sealing India’s fate and knocking them out of the competition.
This defeat marks India’s second consecutive loss in the WTC final. In the inaugural edition’s final against New Zealand in Southampton, Virat Kohli’s team suffered an eight-wicket defeat. Evidently, Indian team’s batting line-up has struggled against left arm bowlers.
Usually, India plays dominant game in home conditions where it is rather easy to run away with yhe game. They get results in three-four days games and one can score quickly once the ball is old. However, English conditions require adequate discipline and intent to play a good game.
The ball in these conditions, especially the Dukes ball, keeps doing the bit throughout the day and only determined batters succeed in these overs. Despite the tough batting conditions, the matches can go for five days in search of a result so having a good total on board is the only way a team can go ahead.
Kane Williamson has a few hundreds in England because he has played thr county championship and most importantly, he has got the nerve to stay on the crease for a prolonged period of time. Babar Azam surely an impressive batter who played for Somerset in County Championship, that must have helped him to het used to the English conditions.