Former India and New Zealand cricketers have criticized the ICC’s decision to have only one reserve day instead of enabling the game to go the full 450 overs in the present World Test Championship (WTC) final.
Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar, VVS Laxman, and Kiwi bowler Shane Bond all spoke about the summit clash.
On Star Sports, Laxman believes the ICC “did not get the regulations properly.”
“It’s very sad for the fans. I think the ICC did not get the rules right. All said and done, you want a champion.
“With so much time available, I’m sure they could have at least allowed 90 overs in 5 days to complete 450 overs. That’s something I would have expected from ICC. We were excited that there is a reserve day but I’m not sure whether the game can finish (even with the reserve day) if the rain continues.”
Expert opinion: Shane Bond predicts an NZ win in WTC
Bond and Laxman agreed that the game should be finished. Day 4 has yet to begin as of this writing, due to weather.
Both teams would want to win, according to Bond, but weather delays may lead to a stalemate. He did not rule out the potential of a New Zealand victory in the WTC final, though.
“Both teams wanna play to win. The other thing is that the pitch is offering so much to the bowlers that even if you have three-four days of play, we could find a result. If the weather delays go on for long, sometimes it means only one team can win if New Zealand bat well after the rain finishes, it puts them in the best position but I’m with VVS, however long it takes, I’d like to see 450 overs and one team come out on top.”
On the penultimate day of the WTC final, Sanjay Bangar believed that even a target of 150-160 would be a difficult task for the Kiwis.
“I agree with the suggestions. Even if India manage to give a target of 160, it’s going to be difficult on this wicket.
“Yesterday we saw how the ball just took off at times, [Devon] Conway took some nasty hits on the gloves, even Williamson. So, all these things will come into the picture plus the enormity of the occasion and the desire to get your hands on the trophy I think it’s going to be an emotional last two days.”
WTC final so far
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India’s World T20 campaign got off to a shaky start in the first innings, when they were bowled for just 217 runs. India’s top scorers were Virat Kohli (44) and Ajinkya Rahane (49) as Kyle Jamieson’s fifer crushed the side.
With Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the crease, New Zealand were 101 for 2 in reply.