Former India player Sanjay Manjrekar feels that India felt the pressure of not having depth in the ICC World Cup 2023 final. He also said that Australia managed to benefit from those little chinks in the match.
Due to the ouster of Hardik Pandya due to an ankle injury, India could only play with six proper batters and five bowlers in the tournament. Hardik Pandya’s absence removed one extra seamer from the playing 11. Also, India’s batting depth was minimized due to his ouster.
India Felt The Pressure Of Not Having Depth: Sanjay Manjrekar
While speaking on Star Sports, cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said that India felt the pressure of not having batting depth in the World Cup final. He also noted how KL Rahul batted with the fear of not having more batters behind him.
“India felt the pressure of not having depth; you know, those little chinks in India’s armour came to the fore. The batting depth wasn’t there, and you saw the way KL Rahul played a bulk of the innings with the knowledge that there isn’t much batting to come,” Manjrekar said.
“Well, India had certain limitations that they had covered beautifully throughout the tournament, with Jadeja at number 7 and their batting finishing at number 6”, he further said.
The Pressure Of Final Affected India’s Tactics: Sanjay Manjrekar
Manjrekar also added that the pressure of the final affected India’s playing strategy in the match. He feels that the team would have played differently if it was a league match.
“Just imagine this game was a league match between Sri Lanka and India; would India have taken that risk? Maybe yes, that is where perhaps temperament comes in, and maybe, if it was a league match, India would have played differently,” he said.
Australia crushed India by 6 wickets in the ICC World Cup 2023 final to clinch their sixth title. Batting first, India could only pile up 240 on the board. Later, Aussies chased down the target with a century by Travis Head.
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