In a shocking turn of events, the cricketing world was left stunned as India suffered a historic batting collapse in the highly anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand. The Indian team, known for its strong batting lineup, crumbled under pressure, allowing their opponents to take a commanding position. This unexpected turn of events has sent shockwaves through the cricketing fraternity, leaving fans and experts alike in disbelief. The match, held at the prestigious Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton, England, witnessed a thrilling battle between the top two test teams in the world. India, renowned for its formidable batting lineup, faced the tough challenge of countering New Zealand’s lethal pace attack on a pitch conducive to swing bowling. However, what unfolded on the field was beyond anyone’s expectations.
After winning the toss, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson elected to field first, taking advantage of the pitch conditions. India’s opening batsmen, Rohit Sharma, and Shubman Gill, started cautiously against the disciplined New Zealand bowlers. However, the early breakthrough came when Gill fell prey to a well-directed bouncer from pacer Tim Southee, edging it to the wicketkeeper. India’s middle order, known for its resilience, was expected to stabilize the innings. However, the batting collapse that followed was unprecedented. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane, all renowned for their batting prowess, fell cheaply, leaving India reeling at a precarious score. The masterclass swing bowling by the New Zealand pacers, backed by exceptional fielding, added to India’s woes. India’s hopes rested on the shoulders of their lower order, known for their ability to contribute valuable runs in difficult situations. However, the tailenders could not withstand the relentless pressure imposed by the Kiwi bowlers. India was eventually bowled out for an extremely disappointing total, leaving their supporters disheartened and the cricketing world in awe of New Zealand’s exceptional performance.