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ICC WTC Final: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar highlighted a number of challenges that the team led by Virat Kohli will face in the final of the first World Testing Championship (WTC) against New Zealand.
India and New Zealand will face off in the WTC Finals at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton starting June 18. While Trent Boult and Tim Southey remain a problem for right-handers, Agarkar believes that facing Kyle Jameson will pose a completely different threat. for the batsmen of the India national team because of his height.
“There is definitely a lot of variety in it. I mean, it’s because you are looking at someone like Jameson who is a tall guy and would be a different challenge. Boult and Sooty will both serve, one delivery hits you, the other leaves you as a right-hander, Agarkar said on Game Plan on Star Sports.
“And then Wagner, when nothing happens, and you know, everything seems flat, he comes and does something, and he did it regularly. So the tasks are slightly different, ”he added.
The former Indian pacer also said that conditions in England are likely to favor New Zealand as the team, led by Kohli, hasn’t had a test cricket far from home lately.
“The condition also works in their favor, because you play in England, it’s almost the same as in New Zealand. So with the Dukes ball spinning it makes it a little easier. “ said Agarkar
“So there are many problems. Moreover, there has not been a single test cricket in India lately, nor a test cricket away from home after a tour of Australia.
“Australian conditions are completely different. So this is the biggest problem. This is why I believe preparation should be key, ”he added.
Agarkar also noted that it has been Team India’s strength over the last two years of the World Trade Center cycle. The former Indian pacer has shed light on cases where the team has performed well despite overlooking the big names.
“Look at Australia (TV series), they (India) lost that first test, lost just 36 – losing the host of your first team players, be it your best batsman on the team, Virat Kohli, or your best bowler on the team. team, Mohammad Shami “, – said Agarkar
“Towards the end of the series, you had bowling Shardul Thakur, T. Natarajan, Mohammad Siraj against a full-fledged Australian team, and you still managed to find a way to win in such situations.
“So the depth in this team – even though it didn’t have a lot of experience – the guys who came were confident enough that they could show up. This is the strength of India, ”he added.
Agarkar said Team India has always found ways to come out victorious even in critical situations.
“There were difficult situations. Apart from these two tests in New Zealand, in general, if you look at India’s records lately, they have always competed, if not won, and found ways to win with different players, which was their strength, ”he said.
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