Michael Vaughan couldn’t help but poke fun at the Indian cricket team once more. If the match had been played in the northern part of the country, the former England captain claimed that New Zealand would have have won the World Test Championship (WTC) by now.
The start of Day 5 in Southampton has been delayed due to a light precipitation. Due to rain, the Test match has already lost two full days of action.
Vaughan made a sneaky jab at the Indian squad while demonstrating his unhappiness with the weather down south.
“If this #worldtestchampionshipfinal been played up north they wouldn’t have missed a minutes play … #Justsaying #INDvsNZ !! NZ would have been champions by now.”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 22, 2021
Vaughan had tweeted something along those lines even before the opening day of play was rained off.
I see India have been saved by the weather …. 😜 #WorldTestChampionship
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 18, 2021
New Zealand is unquestionably in the driver’s seat in the WTC final, behind by 116 runs in the first innings and with eight wickets in hand.
To restrict the Kiwis to a low total in the first innings, India will have to produce a strong recovery on Day 5.
VVS Laxman gives a blueprint of how India can restrict New Zealand on Day 5
When the Indian bowlers come out to bowl on Day 5, former batsman VVS Laxman wants to see them bowl a little fuller. He also proposed that bowlers use short balls to target Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme.
Laxman said on Hotstar’s ‘Cricket Cravings with Jatin,’ ”
“No 1 is length. There needs to be a change in length. From what we have seen so far, the Indians have bowled a lot in the good length area. If they try to bowl more full, there will be more chances of taking a wicket. No.2 is patience, you can’t afford to give a lot of runs. If you concede runs, you will be under pressure. NZ trails by 116 runs, it means you can’t give runs away cheaply. They need to continue with a disciplined and patient approach. No.3- they need to be aggressive and attacking. Should use more short pitch deliveries, especially against Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme.”
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has set aside a day for the Test match, which will be used. With additional rain forecast for today at the Ageas Bowl, a draw appears to be the most likely outcome of the highly anticipated WTC final.
If the match ends in a tie, India and New Zealand will be considered joint winners.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 22, 2021