Duke may break ball India’s dream of winning WTC final, Richard Hadlee explains the reason


New Delhi: In the recent past under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Team India has dominated all the countries in the cricket world. India has defeated big teams in their home in the last few times. Not only this, Team India has also performed well in Test cricket.

‘Test cricket alive because of India’

Former New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee said that cricket needs India because it generates revenue and has also made a tremendous contribution to Test cricket, which has kept this longest format of the game alive. Headley said in a conversation with The Times of India, ‘There is no doubt that India generates a lot of revenue for cricket. Without India, the face of international cricket would have been different. That’s why cricket needs India.

Duke Ball can become trouble

He said, ‘Everything depends on which team descends with better preparation and Duke Ball will be helpful for the fast bowlers of both the teams. Especially for those who are more capable of swinging the ball. In this case, New Zealand have very good bowlers. This includes Southey, Bolt and Jameson. If the ball is seam on the pitch then it can be quite challenging for the batsmen of both the teams.

India’s contribution to Test cricket is considerable

He said, ‘But India has also contributed brilliantly to Test cricket. He has done this with all formats. His Test performance against Australia was superb. The comeback that came after being all out at 36, was amazing. He made a great comeback and Test cricket once again came alive. His achievement in Australia was spectacular, especially the performance of so many young talented players was worth watching. It shows that India is full of talented youngsters, whatever the format.

Anyone can win the WTC Finals

The 69-year-old Headley (Richard Hadlee) did not consider any team to win the upcoming World Test Championship between India and New Zealand in Southampton from 18 to 22 June, as the match is to be played at a neutral venue. Headley said, ‘Test championship is a match. Yes, it is a final but I do not think either of the two teams will be more worried about it. This match is being held on a neutral ground and no team will have the advantage of playing on home ground.


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