- Sep 23, 2023
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India did not have a great showing at the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Oval as they lost to Australia by 209 runs. Virat Kohli in particular did not have a good game as the former India captain ended up scoring just 63 runs from two innings. After the game was done and dusted Kohli uploaded a cryptic story on Instagram much to the bemusement of the Indian fans.
Here is the Instagram story:
Instagram story of Virat Kohli. pic.twitter.com/sv0iFAzqtc
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 11, 2023
Australia wrested the initiative from India in the WTC final in the first innings after the Kangaroos were languishing at one stage at 76-3. Then Steve Smith and Travis Head made a 285-run partnership that floored the Indian bowlers. In this alliance, Smith scored 121 off 268 balls with 19 fours. Travis Head played a superlative innings of 163 off 174 balls with 25 fours and one six. This helped Australia to rack up a big total of 469.
India were not up to the mark with the bat in the first innings as they were 71-4 with Rohit Sharma. Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli all back in the hut. Despite Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur making a partnership of 108 runs India could only make 296. The Kangaroos got a lead of 173. In the second innings, Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc struck a couple of vital 40s and Alex Carey made an invaluable unbeaten 66 off 105 balls with eight fours.
The Kangaroos then ended on 270-8 and set India a target of 444 runs to win. In the second innings, the Indian batting crumbled to 234 in the first session itself to hand Australia a big win of 209 runs. The Kangaroos won their first WTC title in their maiden appearance. India have lost their second WTC final in two appearances. India lost the WTC final to New Zealand in 2021.
India’s nine-year Trophy drought remains as they are yet to win a world event since 2013. The Indian side will have to pull their socks up and introspect with regards to what they need to do to lift the 2023 ODI World Cup that will be held on home soil. The last time the ODI World Cup was held in India was in 2011.
Let us take a look at the reactions on Twitter:
Yah right where does this silence and calmness goes when he goes over acting on the ground showing over agression, sorry to say but our players are just becoming examples of act like a tiger only to hide like a rabbit at the end
— Prasanth.K.Alex (@hty89076) June 11, 2023
Well he clearly let his billion+ Indian fans down, yes it hurts but if u love all the accolades u got to also take the brickbats when u throw away your wicket with a terrible nothing shot.
— Joydeep Ganguly (@joydeepg9) June 11, 2023
There's something fishy. And it is probably about the team and its management.
Haters will call it 'crying', but he is just sharing a quote and not any of the loser's statements.
— Shirsha Bhattacharyya (@Shirsha_18) June 11, 2023
Cringe chokli 🤢 No performance in game but heavy PR IG stories 💯
— Rekha (@sameera2802) June 11, 2023
— Gagan (@gaganps_) June 11, 2023
If he had been the captain, he'd have come up with that great stock excuse of his : We're still the best team in the world, one game doesn't define us. It's the process that's important, how we got here than what we do here.
But how the team got there : cheap Paytm wins at home.
— tweettrombone1 (@tweettrombone1) June 11, 2023
Then play chess pic.twitter.com/fPTt2rawLp
— Jetha Hi🏆tler (@sterns_haschen) June 11, 2023
To isko bolo silent rahe.
Bakchodi kyo kar raha stories mein?
— ਸ਼ਮਸ਼ੇਰ ਸਿੰਘ Shamsher Singh (@Shamsher0793) June 11, 2023
Enough man, they have to themselves retrospect and give the way for youngsters. In tests bowlers are sticking longer than top order batsmen in the crease. Cricket is a festival here in India but these guys are letting down India and Indians.
— Rahul Mattihalli 🌱 (@rahulmr1997) June 11, 2023
Ye bhai apna stories main hi laga hai pata nahi kyun.. believe in performance rather then irrelevant posts …people will say .. what they want to.. when they love you for good thing.. be prepare for the hate too.. it’s part and parcel of the game
— Nitin jain(Sachinsuperfan) (@NitinSachinist) June 11, 2023