Irfan Pathan, a former India all-rounder, believes the Indian batsman should have battled with more commitment in the World Test Championship (WTC) final's second innings. Indian batsmen trying to pull shots to security staff pitched into them by New Zealand seamers, rather than gutting it out in the middle, according to Pathan, shows a lack of dedication. In the Reserve Day of the WTC final, India lost eight wickets in a session and a half and was bowled out for 170 in their second innings,
thereby eliminating the possibility of a tie, as New Zealand only required 139 runs in the remaining 53 overs to win the tournament. “Indian batters were using a lot of pull shots on bouncers; instead of using their body, and this showed a lack of commitment. These questions are tough, but I hope Indian batsmen have the strength to give their answers in the future,” Irfan said on Star Sports.
New Zealand reached the goal with 8 wickets in hand, thanks to an unbroken 96-run third-wicket partnership between skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.“Kiwi batsmen were able to make 140 runs with the loss of two wickets, but our Indian team lost eight wickets building the same score. Now, If we talk from a proper cricketing point of view – what went wrong for India? I think the first inning went great, but Team India’s batting in the second inning was disappointing.
The ball wasn't swinging as much in the second inning, and Indian batsmen could have batted more responsibly,” he said. With 41 runs in the second innings, Rishabh Pant was India's best scorer, but Irfan was dissatisfied with his strategy of constantly charging the seamers.“I am aware of Rishabh Pant’s capabilities as a batsman and how he can hit balls very well, but that does not mean you hit a fast bowler outside – a sense of responsibility was required,” he added.
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