Team India faced another nightmare yesterday as they lost their second consecutive final of the World Test Championship at the Oval. In 2021, India faced New Zealand in the final of WTC and ended up being runner-ups, but this time it was Australia who crushed them completely to defeat. Australia was anticipated as favourites before the match, and from the opening day of the game , they dominated India. Hundreds from Travis Head and Steve Smith propelled them to a mammoth score of 469, and in the second innings, India barely managed to survive in the game.
Gill’s dismissal created controversy
The second innings by Australia brought some relief to the Indian side, but a significant partnership between Carey and Starc saw Australia set a mammoth target of 444 runs for their opponent. The openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave a promising start to the team as they put 41 runs on the board, but the game turned into a major controversy.
The incident happened when Gill, who was batting on 18 runs, was caught by gully fielder Cameron Green. On field, umpires were unsure about the perfect catch, so the decision was sent to the third umpire, who, after a long inspection, gave the decision in favour of the fielder, which left both Gill and Rohit disappointed.
Rohit was disappointed with the decision
The judgement was heavily criticised by cricket fans around the world, including several former cricketers. After day 4 was over, Gill took social media and shared a picture of the catch taken by Green, which showed that the ball was brushing the ground before the fielder took the catch.
The skipper, Rohit, also addressed this controversy in the post-match conference yesterday and slammed the third umpire for not using technology to its full extent. Rohit said, “I was frustrated, the third umpire should have seen more replays and analysed how the catch was taken. He just saw it three or four times and agreed to the decision.
The skipper criticized the judgement
Gill’s dismissal came at a turning point for India, who made a swift start to their second innings, scoring 41 runs in just 7 overs. His wicket shambled the momentum as Rohit and Pujara also lost their wickets soon. In view of the incident, Rohit also pointed out that, more than anything, it was the replays that displeased him.
He said “the decision was taken very quickly. If a catch is taken like that, you need to be more than 100 percent sure. It was the final, and we were at a crucial stage, so it was disappointing. We have got more angles in the IPL and ten different ones, but in a world-class event like the WTC, there was no ultra-motion seen or any sort of zoomed image, which left me frustrated.