Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra feels that the Rohit Sharma-led team have a slight chance to win the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia at the Oval in London. Aakash Chopra said that India must restrict the Australian team to a lead of less than 350 runs on Day 4.
The Rohit Sharma-led team were bowled out for 296 runs in their first innings and conceded a massive 173-run lead to Australia. The Pat Cummins-led team ended with a score of 123 runs for the loss of four wickets at stumps on Day 3. Australia extended their lead to 296 runs with six wickets in hand.
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The Game Is Still In Their Favor – Aakash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that the Australians are favourites to win the ICC trophy in the longer format of the game.
“India were 327 runs behind after the first day, we were 318 runs behind after the second day, and we are still 296 runs behind when the third day ended. Are we playing Pakdam Pakdai? Someone is running ahead and we are trying to catch them but are unable to do that,” Aakash Chopra said.
“The truth is that the game is still in their favor. We are significantly behind. I said yesterday that Australia were 70:30 ahead. Now I feel like saying 80:20, but let me say 75:25 because if we stop them at 350, we might make a match of it,” he added.
Will That Miracle Happen Or Not? – Aakash Chopra
The cricketer-turned commentator believes that it will be impossible for India to chase down a target of around 400 in the fourth innings of the match.
“If we allow them to reach close to 400 easily, which they can reach, they have six wickets in hand, it will become 85:15. Then you would need a miracle. Will that miracle happen or not?” he continued.
“The Indian batting lineup has flattered to deceive. This question will always remain in your mind, that it’s not a good thing, it’s a famed batting lineup but they are not doing that good a job on a consistent basis,” he concluded.
Marnus Labuschagne remained unbeaten with a score of 41 runs off 118 runs at the end of the day’s play. Cameron Green scored seven runs off 27 balls. Alex Carey will be the last recognized batter in their lineup, followed by four bowlers.