India choke in WTC final
On the second day of the Test, they compounded their error of not batting first after winning the toss with a tragic top order batting failure. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill looked comfortable. But the former was caught plumb in front to an incoming ball as he often is. His opposite number Pat Cummins benefited.
WTC Final: Jadeja picked ahead of Ashwin as India win toss, elect to bowl first against Australia
Both captains Rohit and Pat Cummins will be playing their 50th Test match through the WTC final. The winner of the 2023 WTC final will become the first team to win all ICC titles in men's international cricket.
WTC Final: Focus on Rohit as India aim to end ICC title drought in clash with formidable Australia (preview)
Undoubtedly, India's team has been the most consistent one over the past two WTC cycles. They have also managed to reach knockout phases of major white-ball tournaments over the last 10 years but a trophy has eluded them. On the other hand, Australia will be looking to add to their enviable collection of world titles after missing.
WTC Final: Boland to feature in Australia XI, confirms Pat Cummins
Boland will pace in place of Josh Hazlewood, edging out Michael Neser, a late injury replacement to the 15-man WTC squad. Neser had been called into the Australian squad for the WTC final on Sunday after Hazlewood was ruled out of the marquee match due to his ongoing left Achilles and left side issue.
WTC Final: One-off finale is like a World Cup final, for a Test match, says Ricky Ponting
"It's like a World Cup final, for a Test match. In a World Cup, you play 10 or 12 games to be good enough to earn the right to win a mace like that. These two teams have over the last two years have earned the right to be out here, in a couple of days time, in a one-off game, to be able to hold that thing (mace) at the end," said Ponting at a pre-game live event organised by ICC.
Rohit Sharma reflects on India's WTC final journey, says job is not done yet
India will take Australia on at The Oval in the final of the 2021-2023 cycle of the World Test Championship at The Oval, London from June 7 to 11. After the World Test Championship [2021 Final] in Southampton, we quickly had to regroup and get ready for the next cycle. I thought in that cycle we played some really, really tough cricket.
IPL 2023: Big price tag did not add to the pressure, says Cameron Green after scoring ton for MI
Green generated a lot of interest thanks to his performances during Australia's tour of India in 2022 and was picked for Rs 17.50 crore, second only to Sam Curran's Rs 18.50 crore. On Sunday, Green said the hefty price tag was never an issue for him during his maiden IPL campaign and did not saddle him with extra pressure.
IPL 2023: We had an off-day as a batting unit, admits Rohit Sharma after MI's six-wicket loss to CSK
Pushed into batting first, Mumbai's innings never got going as they lost their top-three in Power-play. Barring Nehal Wadhera's 64 off 50 balls, his maiden IPL fifty and twin fifty-plus stands with Suryakumar Yadav and Tristan Stubbs, there was nothing of note as Mumbai ended up at 139/8, which Chennai chased down with 14 balls to spare.
IPL 2023: Rohit should take a break for the time being, and keep himself fit for the WTC Final, says Gavaskar
On Saturday, against Chennai Super Kings at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Sharma, who had scored a three-ball duck in his previous game against Punjab Kings at Mohali, decided to bat at number three, with Australia all-rounder Cameron Green opening the batting with Ishan Kishan.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma records most ducks for any batter in the history of IPL
It is also Rohit's 16th duck in the IPL, the most for any batter in the history of the competition. He has surpassed Dinesh Karthik, Mandeep Singh and Sunil Narine, who are now joint second with 15 ducks each. Rohit, who had scored a three-ball duck in his previous game against Punjab Kings at Mohali, decided to bat at No.3 in Chennai, with Australia all-rounder Cameron Green opening the batting with Ishan Kishan.