On Day 6 of World test championships match 2021, Sunil Gavaskar feels India should have battled with greater patience. (Image: Getty Image)
Two outcomes appeared probable at the end of the fifth day of the World Test Championship final. New Zealand wins the match after a tie. With India batting at 64/2 at the conclusion of the day, it appeared like the WTC championship would be shared, but that plan altered after India's batting collapse.
In their 2nd innings, they were knocked out for 170, and New Zealand won by eight wickets after chasing down 139. The batting has been the downfall of India in the previous three ICC tournament knockout matches.
"In batting, the patience that is needed for Test cricket, for five days, we saw it slightly lacking. And because of that, there was a willingness to play shots, and that’s what got our batsmen out. When the ball is not moving in air or off the pitch, you can reach the pitch of the ball and play shots. But when there is movement, you need to have a bit patient. And had we shown it, the result could have been something else," Gavaskar said on Sports Tak.
Though Gavaskar recognised that the very first four days were just not conducive to batting, the last day was, and India might have stepped back with a tie. Unfortunately, they succumbed to the allure of scoring runs, losing eight wickets for 106 runs, with Rishabh Pant's 41 the greatest individual score in the innings.
"I'm talking about the batting on the final day. For the first four days, batting was very tough. You bring any batsman to play, and he would have had a tough time. But when on the final day, the sun was out, and even the grass did not exist. Yet, everyone tried to play their shots, and we lost eight wickets," Gavaskar added.
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