Former India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta opined that team India’s chances of winning the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final seems less likely considering the time left in the conclusion of the match.
He asserted that if team India wants to dominate the game, they need to get their act together in the next session of the New Zealand innings. Virat Kohli and Co. could manage to put up only 217 runs in the first innings, giving New Zealand a lead of 115 runs with their 102/2 (50 overs) in the first session.
“If India want a positive result, they would need to control the next session. Sure, they would attack and want wickets, but is imperative they don’t concede too many runs if they aren’t able to get the breakthroughs. That may seem like a negative approach, but if look at how the situation is from an Indian perspective, a draw is not too negative of a thought right now,” Dasgupta said.
Dasgupta further said that with only two days of action left for the ICC WTC final, it would be difficult for India to bundle the Kiwis in the minimum runs possible.
“If India want to win from here, all the four innings need to be played in the game. They’ll have to bowl New Zealand out first, and even if they take a lead they will have to keep it at a bare minimum. Then they’ll have to bat well but bat quick. Then they’ll have to bowl New Zealand out in the final innings as well. Right now just 1.5 innings have been completed, and a further 2.5 innings need to be completed for India to win,” Dasgupta explained.
With rain washing out the first day of the game an then again the Day 4 of the game, the match has lost hours more than expected. India’s chances of winning indeed seems dim given the Kiwis’ current form and the remaining time of the game.
The first session of the New Zealand first innings resumed on Tuesday with captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor on the field.