WTC Final: Losing Kohli, Pujara in space of 10 balls put pressure on India, says Tendulkar

Written by Vipin Darwade

Losing captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara within the space of 10 balls in the first session of the final day of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final put pressure on India, batting great Sachin Tendulkar has said. India lost the inaugural final to New Zealand by eight wickets.

“Congrats @BLACKCAPS on winning the #WTC21. You were the superior team. #TeamIndia will be disappointed with their performance. As I had mentioned the first 10 overs will be crucial & (India) lost both Kohli & Pujara in the space of 10 balls & that put a lot of pressure on the team,” Tendulkar said in a tweet.

Kohli fell to man of the match Kyle Jamieson in the sixth over of the first session on the reserve day. His dismissal prompted former England captain Nasser Hussain to say that Kohli used to leave balls like these in the 2018 tour of England, in which the Indian captain scored over 500 runs in the five-Test series.

Jamieson then dismissed Pujara in his very next over. Like Kohli, Pujara hung his bat out to a delivery that didn’t come back into him. While Kohli was caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who was playing the final Test of his career, Pujara was caught at first slip by Ross Taylor.

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