Sunil Gavaskar slammed India’s top order, particularly Rohit Sharma’s early dismissal in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. After a disappointing first day, the Indian bowlers rallied, but the Australian bowlers annihilated the top order.
In the sixth over, Pat Cummins caught Rohit Sharma. Three balls later, Scott Boland confused Gill, and Cheteshwar Pujara, another vital batsman, fell prey to the Australian onslaught.
Gavaskar noted Rohit’s troubles since the 2023 IPL while assessing Indian batsmen’s failures. He told Star Sports, “I think it’s a couple of misjudgments from probably like Shubman Gill, who has been in great form. His loss hurt. Rohit Sharma has struggled in the IPL.”
Australian bowling onslaught decimates the Indian top order.
Gavaskar was surprised by Pujara’s inability to cover the off stump and stated that tighter technique may have prevented these dismissals. He lauded Australian bowlers for their unrelenting line and length, which confused Indian batters.
Gavaskar praised Rahane’s return. Rahane, who revived his career at the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2023, was unbeaten on 29 from 71 balls at stumps on Day 2.
“He played well in the IPL. Rahane is now a bowler-fighter. He did that before. As one of the major batters, he may need to limit some strokes. “He seems to have been reborn as a Test player,” Gavaskar added.
Gavaskar hoped the right-hander might keep fighting and get India near to Australia’s first-innings total.