“What Are You Doing…”: Australia Star Reveals Virat Kohli’s WTC Final Advice

"What Are You Doing...": Australia Star Reveals Virat Kohli's Advice During WTC Final

The World Test Championship final was a nightmare for Team India, who were defeated by Australia by a score of 209 runs.

The World Test Championship final
File image of Virat Kohli (photo)

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The World Test Championship final was a nightmare for Team India, who Australia defeated by 209 runs. In the case of 444, the Rohit Sharma-led team was cleaned out for 234 points after the game. Nathan Lyon and Scott Boland both captured four and three wickets. Not only did their bowlers contribute significantly to the team’s success, but so did their batters. Travis Head and Steve Smith each hit hundreds, and the Indians were easily defeated. Apart from them, another Australian wowed everyone: wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey.

Carey’s superb knocks of 48 and 66 in the WTC final gave Australia the advantage. When asked about his performance, the 31-year-old cricketer hailed Smith and India’s Virat Kohli for their counsel, which helped him put on a fantastic show.

Carey revealed in a recent interview with Cricket.com.au that both veteran players cautioned him not to play a reverse sweep shot irresponsibly. “You probably listen to Virat Kohli and Steve Smith when they say, ‘what are you doing that for?'” remarked Carey.

Notamment, Australia’s wicketkeeper, was caught by Ravindra Jadeja trying to play a reverse sweep shot during the first innings of the World T20 final.

“There was no need to play that at The Oval in the first innings,” Carey stated following his dismissal.

Australia was the superior side on all fronts, while India could only blame themselves for another defeat in a global tournament. India’s previous ICC trophy was in 2013, and it was their second consecutive defeat in the WTC final, having lost to New Zealand two years prior.

India’s first WTC cycle assignment in 2023-25 will begin next month in the West Indies, where they will play two Tests.

Australia defeated India in the World Test Championship final, exposing Kohli.

"What Are You Doing...": Australia Star Reveals Virat Kohli's WTC Final Advice
Virat Kohli reacts after being given out caught by Steve Smith off the bowling of Scott Boland. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP 

Now it’s time for the ashes. Australia secured the first and largest (physically) of the two trophies they hope to bring back from England by defeating India in the World Test Championship final, winning by an emphatic 209 runs after a performance that demonstrated unarguable superiority despite the penultimate-day catch-related micro-controversies.

India arrived on the penultimate day, hoping for a miracle. To pull off a world-record run chase or to cling on for the draw that would have resulted in them sharing the trophy, they needed Virat Kohli to pull a rabbit out of a hat—and do it incredibly slowly. He just lasted half an hour.

Scott Boland is an odd sports hero. He has the frame of a farmhand, as though he could be as good at shifting hay bales as he is at shifting batters. He returns to his mark, uninterested in the object after each delivery. There is no spring in his step but rather a deep, gloomy, and frightening winter.

He bowled the first over of the day, with the fans roaring even the dot balls, of which there were six. Pat Cummins secured the second spot as India eased into their efforts. Ajinkya Rahane shot to point a couple of times, and Kohli moved forward for the first and backward for the second, his gaze fixed on the ball. He could be Moonwalking if he wasn’t wearing spikes. “Kohli, Kohli, Kohli,” they called out.

They then collapsed. Quiet. The pivotal over began strangely, with Kohli on strike, the ball beating the bat, Alex Carey collecting, and Australia — spurred on by Marnus Labuschagne, it appeared — electing to review anyway and discovering that UltraEdge also decided it was not out.

Kohli was out two balls later, with Steve Smith taking a brilliant catch at second slip, diving to his right to take it two-handed. Smith at slip and Cameron Green at gully are superb, regardless of their batting or bowling. Two balls later, Ravindra Jadeja followed, nicking through to Carey, and the rest was history.

Rahane provided resistance and a few beautiful strokes, including two perfectly timed straight drives in consecutive Mitchell Starc overs. But he was gone in Starc’s next over, the ball brushing the edge on its way to Carey. He scored 46, three fewer than Kohli, and exposed India’s tail completely.

Nathan Lyon took the final three wickets, including a stunning delivery that drifted across the batter before looping back in to dismiss Shardul Thakur lbw. Soon, Australia was one door away from glory, and they took it twice; Mohammed Shami saved on review — the ball had clipped pocket rather than bat — before, just five balls later, Mohammed Siraj reverse-swept straight to backward point, where Boland waited, the most fitting of matchwinners.

India needed to earn 280 points over three sessions without losing all of their wickets on the final day. Finally, they lost all their doors in a single session, scoring only 70 points.

“I thought we started well, winning the toss and putting them into bat,” Rohit Sharma said. After five days of play, the problem for India is that the only time it appeared to be in control of the game was before it began.

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