New Zealand prolonged India’s search for an ICC title by winning the World Test Championship. Despite dominating the tournaments, India have failed to seal the deal. Their last win in an ICC tournament came in 2013 when they won the Champions Trophy in England. Since then, they have been into six knockout games but failed to get their hands on the title.
They had an opportunity to be the inaugural Test Champions but were outplayed by New Zealand. The loss drew massive criticism from the Indian fans. Some even termed Virat Kohli’s India as the new chokers while some compared Virat Kohli’s captaincy records to that of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. For a long time, the ‘C’ word was used for South Africa, who were known to crumble under pressure and lose crunch games but according to Twitter, the tag is getting to the Indian team for failing to win the tournament despite reaching the knockouts.
Chokers of decade for a reason.
— Usman Mughal (@iammughal4) June 23, 2021
Finally We Found New Chokers Called Indian Team Under Virat Captaincy.
— Villain (@Callmevillain3) June 23, 2021
Only good captain in this country of chokers. pic.twitter.com/r0kdgmqEBU
— Tim Clifford (@Tim_Clif) June 23, 2021
— ⚡ (@VerticaIci0) June 23, 2021
— Furqan (@MoFurqaan) June 23, 2021
We are definitely the new chokers. Hope this streak ends soon https://t.co/ce2Nd7643C
— Ankit Saini (@imAnkitAS) June 23, 2021
While some people trolled team India, others stood firm with their team for playing brilliant cricket over the last few years.
It Breaks My Heart To see This From last 5 Years We were Holding This Mace And Now It is Going Away From Us 💔💔🙂🙂
Still People Will Call Him Choker and Abuse Him Without Knowing Facts It's Ok It is Not Our time 🚶🚶 pic.twitter.com/JH6QF6dRqo
— 🅶🅷🅸🅻🅻🅸 🆁🅰🅹ᴮᴱᴬˢᵀ🇫🇷🇧🇪 (@Robert_Ghilli) June 23, 2021
Championships aati jaati rahengi, is team par bharosa rehna chahiye pic.twitter.com/32hrHfqlWV
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) June 23, 2021
The possibility of a result on a bright day at Ageas Bowl was grim but Kiwi bowlers put on a show and dismantled the Indian batting. Kyle Jamieson started India’s downfall and picked up the wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara before Trent Boult left India reeling after accounting for the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane. Pant played few shots but Indian tail didn’t have the quality to stand up to the Kiwi pacers. India were bowled out for 170, giving New Zealand a target of 139 to win.
While Ravichandran Ashwin gave India a glimmer of hope by dismissing Tom Latham and Devon Conway in quick succession, the calm Kane Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor took New Zealand to a comfortable eight-wicket win.