Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan feels that the Virat Kohli-led side should have included one more batsman in the playing XI for the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand.
Last week, Kane Williamson-led side thrashed Team India by eight wickets to clinch their first major ICC title since 2000.
Talking about India’s performance on the last day of the WTC final, Irfan reckoned that the team should have played with responsibility in the second innings.
Kohli & Co. were bowled out for a paltry score of 170 runs on Reserve Day as the Indian batsmen failed to score heavily against the high-quality Kiwi bowling attack.
“India played with fewer batsmen, which I highlighted before the final. There was a need for one more batsman in the team. We do not have quality fast-bowling all-arounder like New Zealand. If we about what went wrong for India? The first innings went great, but India’s batting in the second one was disappointing,” the 36-year-old said on Star Sports’ show ‘Follow The Blues’.
“The ball wasn’t swinging as much in the second innings, and Indian batsmen could have batted more responsibly,” he added.
Team India will next face Joe Root’s England in the five-match Test series which is scheduled to start from August 4. The first match of the series will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.