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WTC Final: With Indian middle-order batters past their prime, is it time for transition?

The players in the Indian middle order are clearly past their prime since they have been in the lineup for a while.

The BCCI and members of the Indian cricket team’s brain trust are likely well-stocked with the majority of the things that money can buy, but they might definitely benefit from investing in the modest mirror so that they can take a good look at themselves and the direction that their sport is taking after yet another defeat in a major competition.

One believes that the time to examine one’s actions cannot come soon enough after India’s 209-run defeat to Australia in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Oval on Sunday.

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Rahul Dravid blames the bowlers instead of the batsmen for WTC final loss:

Rahul Dravid, the team’s head coach, has been extremely conservative with his team’s lineup and strategy. He decided to let his renowned batting lineup off the hook and put the blame on the bowlers. After India’s humiliation in the WTC Final, Dravid told Star Sports, “It wasn’t a 469 wicket.” Conceding 157 during the first day’s last session was unfortunate, he concluded.

Although the bowlers failed during that session, it was also thanks to their spirited performance particularly that of Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Ravindra Jadeja, that India was able to stay in the game. The batters, the team’s prima donnas, failed when it counted.

The previous WTC final had a similar “selective criticism template” in action, with Ashwin being made to take the fall for New Zealand’s loss in Southampton. When India lost to England in the T20 World Cup semifinal in Adelaide as well, skipper Rohit Sharma put the blame on the bowlers and failed to mention that India had only reached 62 for 2 after 10 overs, with the captain himself making a difficult 28-ball 27.

It is clear that almost all of the Indian team needs some kind of re-shuffling. Cricket is a young man’s sport with a few exceptions. With the ICC World Cup upcoming, the coaches must try out new players and see how well they fit in the team for maximum chances of winning.

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