BCCI questioned Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid about the loss in the World Cup final, and the coach revealed the surprising reason behind the defeat.

Coach Rahul Dravid did not blame any player for Team India’s loss in the final. He believes that the pitch played a significant role in India’s defeat.

The 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup final

BCCI officials convened in Delhi. Chief coach Rahul Dravid participated in the meeting, and captain Rohit Sharma joined via video call as he is currently on a break from ODIs and T20s, enjoying holidays in London.

The discussions in the meeting covered the World Cup final defeat, future team selections, and captaincy. Additionally, there were deliberations on choosing the Indian team for the upcoming tour of South Africa across all three formats.

In the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, the Indian team was a strong contender for the championship. India had a brilliant start, winning 10 consecutive matches to secure a place in the final. Meanwhile, Australia, after an initial defeat in two matches, triumphed in eight consecutive games to reach the final. India emerged victorious against all teams in the league stage of the tournament. They defeated New Zealand in the semifinals but faced a crucial loss in the final. Unfortunately, India couldn’t clinch the World Championship despite their outstanding performance.

BCCI Meeting on World Cup Final

Media reports indicate that BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, Vice President Rajeev Shukla, and Treasurer Ashish Shelar attended a meeting to discuss the World Cup final.

Key Discussions with Coach Dravid and Captain RohitBoard officials questioned Coach Rahul Dravid and Captain Rohit Sharma regarding the defeat in the World Cup final. Dravid’s tenure, which officially ended on November 19, has been extended until T20 World Cup 2024. Dravid Attributes Loss to Ahmedabad PitchRahul

Dravid, attributing India’s loss to the Ahmedabad pitch

expressed disappointment in the lack of expected turn. The former captain highlighted that the pitch didn’t offer as much spin as the Indian team management had anticipated, leading to India’s bowlers struggling against Australia.Ahmedabad’s Deliberate Choice of a Slow Pitch for the Final Exploring the rationale behind the utilization of a slow pitch in Ahmedabad for the final.

The History of the Chosen Pitch

The pitch selected for the final had previously been used in a league match against Pakistan. Although India won that match convincingly, the toss played a significant role.

Pakistan opted to bat first, exerting pressure on India in the middle overs, similar to Australia’s strategy in the final. Struggles in the Middle Overs Despite Rohit’s Aggressive Start Despite Captain Rohit Sharma’s swift start, India faced challenges in the middle overs, mirroring the league match against Pakistan. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul couldn’t accelerate the run rate during the crucial middle overs of the final.

Factors Behind the Choice of a Slow Pitch in Ahmedabad

Exploring the two main reasons behind opting for a slow pitch in the final match and the outstanding performance of Australian bowlers.Pitch Selection and its ImpactThe pitch chosen for the final had previously been used in a league match against Pakistan. The decision to use an existing pitch rather than preparing a new one was influenced by local curators’ advice. While ICC rules don’t mandate creating a new pitch for knockout matches in the World Cup, it’s a common practice. However, in this World Cup, all knockout matches were played on previously used pitches.

Ahmedabad’s Slow Pitch and Australia’s Strategic Advantage

The final pitch was tailored to assist spinners with minimal watering, but this strategy backfired for India. Despite expectations, the pitch didn’t offer much turn, but its slow nature, especially in the first innings, proved challenging for Indian batsmen. Australia, winning the toss and opting to bowl first, anticipated favorable conditions due to the pitch’s expected ease under lights. Indian batsmen struggled in the initial overs, managing only 240 runs. In response, Australia, despite losing three early wickets, secured victory with Travis Head’s splendid century.

The report suggests that BCCI officials questioned Dravid about the reasoning behind such a plan, especially when Indian fast bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, were performing well. Dravid explained that this strategy had proven effective for him throughout the tournament, not just in the final.

Most members of the Indian World Cup team, along with the entire support staff, have been given a break from the five-match T20 series against Australia. They will return from the South Africa tour, marking India’s preparation for the ICC Trophy. India is set to play three T20s, three ODIs, and two Tests against South Africa.

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