“It was a tough one. We started well winning the toss and putting them into bat in those conditions. We bowled pretty well in the first session and then we let ourselves down a little bit with how we bowled. But again, credit to the Australian batters, in particular, Travis Head came in and played really well. That took us off guard a little bit and then we knew it was always hard to come back. We put a up show. We fought hard but congratulations to Australia. We spoke of a lot of things.
We spoke of bowling tighter lines. But it didn’t work out. Things like that can happen. I thought it was a great fightback from Rahane and Shardul after being 5 down for 150. They stood up and put up a good partnership there and kept us in the game. We bowled pretty well in the second innings. Again we didn’t apply ourselves with the bat. It was a good pitch to bat on.
All five days the pitch behaved pretty well and we didn’t capitalise. We’ve worked really hard for four years to make two finals. It’s disappointment for us. We would like to go one better. But you cannot take anything away from what we’ve done in the two years. It’s a great effort. A lot of players took part in those series. We’ll keep our heads high and fight for the next championship as well.”
“We made the most of the toss. We were certainly going to have a bowl. The way Travis and Smith played it gave us all a little bit of comfort after a pretty nervy morning. Travis has been brilliant throughout this whole campaign. He is always putting pressure back on the bowlers. We left day one on top of the game, mainly down to those two guys.
At times we weren’t at our slickest. But when it counted we played really well. I thought a couple of days ago we could have really driven the game home but we let India a little bit closer. For the most part we were in control.Scotty Boland is now my favourite player. He just continues to be my favourite. Everyone just did their role. Coming off a bit of a break for most of us. We’ll savour this for a few days before we turn our attention to the Ashes.”
Travis Head is Player of the match in the WTC final:
“It’s amazing. A lot of hard work over two years. [Positive approach] has been the approach for two years. I wanted to be proactive and score if the balls were there and then if they bowl in nice areas you try and be good enough to stay out there for long periods. I was tested through my innings.
It was nice to be able to bat as well as we did with [Smith]. It was an amazing Test from him. I’ve always had the confidence. It’s been about going out there and expressing that. It took me some time to find a blueprint in first-class cricket and Test cricket. I’ve always been open to change. Always been committed to knowing what I needed to do to step up. I’ve bedded down some what. I’m trying to be as consistent as I possibly can for the team.”
India vs Australia Highlights today. Sunday 11-6-2023, ICC World Test Championship 2023 Final, Kennington Oval, London.
Toss: India chose to field.
India team: RG Sharma*, Shubman Gill, CA Pujara, V Kohli, AM Rahane, KS Bharat†, RA Jadeja, SN Thakur, UT Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
Australia team: DA Warner, UT Khawaja, M Labuschagne, SPD Smith, TM Head, C Green, AT Carey†, MA Starc, PJ Cummins*, NM Lyon, SM Boland.
Head to Head In test’s: 106
India Won: 32
Australia Won: 44
India test Rankings: 1st
Australia test Rankings: 2nd
(Last five matches, most recent first)
Match Timings: 9:30 AM GMT | 10:30 AM Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire – Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Kumar Dharmasena
Match number – Test no. 2505
On stumps day 4
India need 280 runs with seven wickets remaining. Australia scored 469 & 270/8d. India 296 & 164/3. Rohit Sharma scored 43 runs of 60 balls. Shubman Gill failed again to score good runs. Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 27 runs, Virat Kohli 44 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 20 not out.
Highlights will be Available Shortly.