WATCH: Sunil Gavaskar Blasts Team India, Says 'Go & Hammer West Indies 2-0 But It Won't Mean Anything'

Legendary Indian opening batter and former captain Sunil Gavaskar has slammed Team India's approach in the final of WTC 2023 against Australia and said that they have to be very analytical about what happened. According to him, India should critically analyse what went wrong, and the players cannot brush it under the carpet after hammering the West Indies in the next bilateral assignment.

Updated Jun 14, 2023 | 10:17 AM IST

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Sunil Gavaskar blasts Team India

Sunil Gavaskar slams Team India's performance in WTC 2023 final. Picture Credit: Twitter

  • India suffered an embarrassing defeat by 209 runs against Australia in the final of the WTC 2023.
  • India's flop show in the final hasn't gone down well with many former greats and experts.
  • Sunil Gavaskar has bashed the Indian team for their horror show in the summit clash.
Team India suffered an embarrassing defeat by 209 runs against Australia in the final of the ICC World Test Championship 2023 that was played at the Oval in London last week. Chasing a mammoth target of 444 runs in the fourth inning, Indian players could only manage to post 234 runs on the board. The defeat against the Pat Cummins-led Australian team was the second season in a row that the Indian team lost in the final of the WTC. In 2021 as well, India went down after losing by 8 wickets against the New Zealand team.
The defeat against Australia has extended India’s decade-long wait for an ICC title for at least five more months. The manner in which India went down against Australia has left Sunil Gavaskar fuming with anger, and he didn't mince his words to slam India’s tactics. He questioned the team's approach and said that the entire team has to work on all the factors that went wrong during the match.
"I have been in teams where we have been knocked out at 42, and we have been miserable in the change rooms. We were also heavily criticised. So, I think you cannot say that the current lot is not beyond criticism. They have to be very analytical about what happened, how they got out, why they didn't bowl well, why they didn't catch, and whether the selection of the playing XI was the right thing, so all these factors have to come in," Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

India’s next assignment in international cricket will be a two-match Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean islands next month, and according to Gavaskar, playing bilateral series against teams like the West Indies and beating them will not mean anything if Team India continues to repeat their mistakes in the summit clashes against big teams like Australia.
"You cannot brush this under the carpet like, 'Yeah, we have got two matches against the West Indies'. The West Indies are not the best team in the world. You just go and hammer them 2-0, 3-0, whatever the matches are. This doesn't mean anything because when you come across and if you go to the finals and if you are playing Australia again, making the same mistakes, then how would you win the trophy?" he added.
India’s tour of the West Indies will start on July 12 in Dominica, and after the two red-ball games, Team India will play three ODIs and as many as five T20Is.
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