ind vs nz wtc final: india got a good time to prepare to adapt to the conditions important in wtc final; says venkatesh prasad: Kohli and company will dominate the World Test Championship final, Prasad explains the reason
Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad believes that the Indian team has no dearth of options for the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
Prasad says that unlike his playing days, the current Indian team has a third or fourth fast bowler of that level who can sustain the pressure created with the new ball. He feels that the team also has a batting unit with the capacity to score around 350 runs in every situation.
Prasad said, “Two great teams are playing the final. India has a lot of options because even the players who didn’t make it to their playing XI are very strong.
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“Whether the pitch is easy to bat on or helps the fast bowlers, the Indian team has the ability to dominate. In the nineties and early 2000s, the team used to have two good fast bowlers but the third or fourth option was not that strong. Now the team has that strength and some very good all-rounders. We have always had world class spinners but now we have world class pace attack as well.
In his heyday, Prasad teamed up with former legend Javagal Srinath to bowl with the new ball. Prasad said that he expects India to dominate this match.
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Prasad, who was the former bowling coach of the Indian team, said, “Along with this, we also have the batting scorer of 350 runs on the score board. Now we have fixed all the flaws. It doesn’t matter what kind of pitch it will be. There should be dominance of India in every way.
New Zealand also showed evidence of being in great rhythm by defeating hosts England in the second Test of the two-match series. The team won the Test series after 22 years on the soil of England.
‘Won’t be a tough decision for captain Virat Kohli’
Asked about the Indian team’s playing XI, Prasad said it will not be a difficult decision for skipper Virat Kohli. He himself would like two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja along with three fast bowlers Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to play in this match.
“The combination of three fast bowlers with Ashwin and Jadeja seems to be the best. Bumrah, Shami and Ishant Sharma have the experience of playing in different situations, they know their roles very well. The strategy is very simple. Who can use the new ball better? Both Bumrah and Shami have very good control in terms of bowling in the right direction along the seam. I am surprised that Ishant is being seen as a third option in bowling even after playing 100 Tests. He also has a lot of experience playing county cricket in England.
The former player, who has played 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for India, believes that New Zealand is in a better position with two Test matches in England but the Indian team has got full opportunity to prepare.
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