Andy Roberts Lashes Out at India for WTC Final Loss Against Australia 

15 June, 2023

India experienced yet another heartbreak as they suffered a defeat at the hands of Australia in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023. Led by Rohit Sharma, the Indian team faced off against the Pat Cummins-led Australian side in the summit clash held from June 7-11 at the Oval in London. However, it was the Aussies who dominated the five days of play, securing a brilliant victory and claiming the coveted WTC mace.

In the wake of India’s subpar performance in crucial matches, former West Indies cricketer Sir Andy Roberts voiced his criticism, highlighting their approach and mindset. Roberts suggested that India had started underestimating their opponents, accompanied by a hint of arrogance creeping into their game. Follow your favourite cricket team with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.

Expressing his views, Roberts stated, “There is this arrogance that has crept into Indian cricket, and through this, India have underestimated the rest of the world. India must decide what their focus is—Test cricket or limited-overs cricket. T20 cricket will run its course. There is no contest between bat and ball there.” His remarks shed light on the need for India to reassess their priorities and approach to the game.

Roberts also expected a better batting performance from the Indian lineup, expressing disappointment in the team’s display apart from Ajinkya Rahane’s determined effort. He specifically offered advice to 23-year-old batsman Shubman Gill and reflected on Virat Kohli’s dismissal in the first innings.

“I expected India to show their batting strength. I saw no bright spot in the final, although Ajinkya Rahane fought hard and endured a blow to his hand. Shubman Gill looks promising when he plays his shots, but he tends to stand on the leg stump and often falls victim to being bowled or caught behind,” Roberts commented on the team’s batting approach.

Discussing Kohli’s dismissal, he added, “Virat Kohli, though, received a brutal delivery from Mitchell Starc in the first innings. India undoubtedly has some very talented players, but their performance away from home has not been creditable.”

In the second innings, India faced a daunting target of 444 runs. However, they could only muster a total of 234 runs, leading to a resounding defeat by a massive margin of 209 runs. The loss left the Indian team and their fans disappointed, highlighting the need for introspection and improvements moving forward. Get the latest updates from the world of cricket only on Nextbet Sports.