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Vaibhav Tripathi ∙ Updated: Jun 9 2023, 2:58 PM | 2 Min Read

'India Need a Miracle': Aakash Chopra Describes India’s Situation after Day 2 of the WTC final

image-lio9mjanAustralia seize control with five wickets on Day 2. (AP Photo)

Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has expressed his views on the uphill battle that Team India faces in their bid to mount a comeback in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final.

Despite a late fightback led by Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane, India ended the second day at 151 for five, trailing by 318 runs. Australia showcased brilliance in both their batting and bowling performances, with all five bowlers taking a wicket each. 

Pat Cummins dismissed Rohit Sharma with a leg-before-wicket delivery, while Scott Boland shattered Shubman Gill's stumps, leaving him in disbelief. 

Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli provided some stability for India until Tea, but Pujara fell victim to an in-swinging delivery from Cameron Green that uprooted his stumps, while Kohli was caught by Steve Smith in the slips off a bouncer from Mitchell Starc. Nathan Lyon outfoxed Jadeja early in his second over to leave the team reeling at 142/5.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra expressed his opinion that India would need something extraordinary to prevent Australia from winning the WTC title. The task ahead requires India to conjure up magical performances to turn the tide in their favour.

"The road ahead is a miracle because you are still 318 runs behind. So you are way behind. The opposition team will not give a follow-on even if you save it. They will say that they will bat again and will ask you to bat in the fourth innings when you will have to score 550 runs,"  Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube Channel.

The enormity of the challenge is evident, and Team India will need exceptional individual and collective performances to stage a remarkable comeback and snatch victory from the grasp of a dominant Australian side.