New Delhi: India have to face New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship next month. This match will be held on the soil of England. Just after this big match, India have to face England in a 5-match Test series. Before the match against New Zealand, former England veteran spin bowler Monty Panesar has given a big statement.
Panesar said this
Monty Panesar believes that if the conditions are favorable for fast bowlers in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) in Southampton’s Ages Bowl, then the New Zealand team will have a heavy upper hand against India. England is currently experiencing rain and cold weather and Panesar said that New Zealand would benefit if the WTC finals starting on June 18 were the same.
India can lose due to this
Panesar (Monty Panesar) said in an interview to PTI-language by phone from England, ‘It is raining a lot at this time. If the weather remains like this then there will be an interesting match between the fast bowlers of India and New Zealand. New Zealand batsmen play swinging ball better than Indian batsmen. He said, “In such a situation it will be very interesting to see if the ball is swinging during the Test match and how the Indian batsmen face it compared to New Zealand.”
The former left-arm spinner said that if the weather was clear and sunny in Southampton at that time, such conditions would be more favorable for India. Panesar also hoped that the ICC would prepare a neutral wicket for this match in place of a greyed out pitch as the WTC final would be considered a good advertisement for the game of the five-day match.
Panesar (Monty Panesar) further said, ‘The Ages Bowl has a great system of drainage (drying up of the ground after the rain). Usually you get good warm weather there. It is expected that this match will last for four or five days. He said, ‘In such a situation the Indian team can come on the field with two spinners (Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja) and three fast bowlers. If the weather is clear, India’s pan will be heavy. It depends to a large extent on the circumstances.
India will reach England on June 2
The Indian team will reach England on June 2 and will get a little more than 10 days to practice. On the other hand, New Zealand are playing two Tests against England before the WTC Finals and many experts see this as a big advantage but Panesar believes it can be like a double-edged sword.
He said, ‘If New Zealand performs well in the next two Test matches, then the rhythm against India may be in their favor. If England defeats them, then suddenly their confidence will start to decrease and it can be good for India.