‘Rohit allowed Australia easy runs’

Sourav Ganguly was critical of Rohit Sharma’s field placements as Travis Head took the game away from India on Day 1 of WTC Final.

WTC Final 2023: Rohit Sharma with his field placements allowed some easy runs, says Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly questioned Rohit Sharma’s field placements on Day 1 of WTC final. AP

India had Australia on the mat at 76/3 on Day 1 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final 2023 on Wednesday but the Aussies made a remarkable comeback to be 327/3 at Stumps with Travis Head and Steve Smith putting up a partnership of 251 runs.

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While Smith made 95 off 227 balls and struggled with his rhythm for a long period of time, it was Head who titled the momentum in Australia’s favour. The left-hander smashed 146 not out off 156 balls and dismantled India’s control over the proceedings.

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was critical of Rohit Sharma’s field placements as Head took the game away from India on Day 1.

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India removed the close-in fielders once Head took an aggressive approach and spread the field which later made runs scoring easy for the Australian.

“India will be a bit disappointed. They had Australia at 76/3 and let them get off the hook. I know that partnerships happen in cricket. There will be a batting team who will come back and play well. I thought India started well just after Lunch but lost the feel a bit as the game progressed,” Ganguly said at the Tea.

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“I thought they let Travis Head get off the hook very easily. I know he has been in good form, he has scored a lot of runs, but still they were 76/3. I think Rohit Sharma with his field placements at that stage probably allowed some easy runs to happen and now Australia are in a good position.

India would hope for a strong start to Day 2 on Thursday as they look to mount a comeback into the WTC final.

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