Updated: June 24, 2021 10:43:04 am
In what can be best described as an abject performance on a good batting track, Indian batsmen failed to deliver the goods on the last day of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final. Rishabh Pant’s top-scored for India with 41 in the second innings against New Zealand.
This is the first time since the 2018 Test match at Lord’s that not a single Indian batter failed to score a half-century in an innings. India played 26 Tests in between both these matches. It is a record that Virat Kohli and his men would want to forget quickly and ensure it is not repeated again in the England tour.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also became one of the few captains in world cricket who hold the distinction of bowling out the Indian team out for less than 250 in six consecutive innings, a testimony to his brilliant cricket mind.
This is also the fourth instance of New Zealand pacers taking all 20 wickets in a Test match against India. This phenomenon occurred for the first time in Wellington (2002), followed by Hamilton (2002), Auckland (2014) and Southampton (2021)
For Virat Kohli, this game was a forgettable one as his nemesis Kyle Jamieson (2/30) made him his “bunny” and got him out for the third time in three Tests and twice in a match.
For the Indian captain, this is the third failure in big ICC events after the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017- Final
ICC CWC 2019 – Semi-Final
ICC WTC 2021 – Final
Before WTC Final, the last time cricket was played on the sixth day of a Test match was on 8 Feb 1990 between Australia and Pakistan at the SCG after the first two day’s play was washed out and play was extended by a day.