Indian cricketer-turned commentator for the match, Dinesh Karthik, ahead of the Reserve Day of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final, has opined that India should aim to at least draw the match against New Zealand.
According to him, if the Indian team keeps losing wickets at such regular intervals on the reserve day, the Kiwis would be holding the trophy of the inaugural ICC WTC Final.
Karthik implied that “clever” cricket by the Indian team in the first session and averting losing wickets will play an instrumental role for Virat Kohli and Co. He augmented that making that if the team keeps losing wickets so rapidly, the will end up getting the match out of their hands.
Speaking on Twitter spaces ahead of the reserve day of the World Test Championship Final, Dinesh Karthik said, “We have to make one thing sure, the least we could do is draw the game and then you have the chance to push for victory. If you go too hard initially and lose a few wickets, there is no way we are coming back in this game. What is important that we play cleverly in the first hour and then we can put pressure on the backend of the first session.”
Currently, after conceding a first innings lead of 32 runs, India has lost six wickets in the session 2 of the reserve day. Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin are currently on the crease. Pant has so far scored 38 runs and keeping it together for the team. Skipper Kohli retired early, scoring just 13 runs.
WTC Final Reserve Day Scores at glace
India 1st innings: 217 runs
New Zealand 1st innings: 249 runs
India is playing their second innings with the current scoreboard reading 154/6