Here is a quick wrap-up of the events that grabbed the spotlight in the cricketing world today.
The 2023 World Test Championship (WTC) final ended in heartbreak for the Indian team, who recently lost a duel to Australia led by Pat Cummins. It’s no exaggeration to say India have been overwhelmed by Australia over the past five games.
After the defeat, India came under heavy scrutiny by fans and critics. From questions about strategy execution to team composition, the media remained as ruthless as the ICC Trophy drought continued. One of the biggest stories of the match was the exclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin from the starting lineup.
Ashwin was influential for India throughout the cycle and played a key role in helping the team reach the final, but many questions were raised when the experienced all-rounder did not play against Australia. After the loss, Ashwin himself tweeted his congratulations to Australia and thanked the fans and support team for their continued support despite the loss.
Recently, the 36-year-old explained that the tweet was just a way to end it. He said, “As soon as the finals were over I thought I needed to finish so I posted the tweet. I can move on to the next step as soon as I graduate.” No time to hang around. “I have a better understanding of life now,” Ashwin told the Indian Express.
All outsiders are irrelevant: Ashwin
In addition, Test Bowler No. 1 also pondered how the game of cricket affects the mental health of family members, especially fathers. He said his father, who has a heart condition, can’t afford to have some control over the game while playing, and the trauma burden inflicted on his family is unbelievable. My father has heart problems and other problems. Every game, every day, every time something happens, he calls me. He’s stressed and still in control so it’s very easy for him to go out and play. My father is not, he suffers twice as much as I do. So, in retrospect, outsiders are irrelevant,” Ashwin said.