The final of World Test Championship will face India and New Zealand at Southampton from June 18 to June 22.
Though many believe New Zealand’s ongoing two-match Test series against England may provide them an edge during the WTC final.
The Test fixtures against England will help the Kiwis in getting accustomed to the weather and pitch conditions in England.
However, India’s veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik dismissed such ideas saying that New Zealand playing against England won’t make any difference.
Karthik is of the view that India has a superb batting line-up and have a good chance of winning the summit clash if they manage to get some partnerships.
Karthik backed young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant to score big in the WTC final. Pant is in the form of his life in the purest format of the game.
Read this | ‘If you’re a kid, emerging player or county cricketer, copy Jadeja’: Pietersen’s massive praise for India’s ‘superstar’
He was the wrecker-in-chief for India in the four-match Test series against Australia and England. Karthik reckoned that Pant instills fear among the opposition.
“He lends flexibility to the team and the management has the opportunity to play the extra batsman or the bowler as per requirement. And what is most important is the way he instills fear in the mind of opposition. Pant has the effect that Virender Sehwag or Adam Gilchrist used to have on rivals,” Karthik told the Times of India.
Pant hit two half-centuries during India’s tour Down Under. He made sure India won the Test series against Australia by shining with the bat at Gabba.
Rishabh Pant was equally good when India played against England at home. He hit two half-centuries, which included a 92, and followed it up with a classy century in the fourth Test ensuring India clinched the series 3-1.
Karthik was sure Pant will be ready for the English conditions. “He can take the game away from them. Pant has been to England before, has a century at The Oval, and knows how to deal with the conditions,” he added.
BCCI Announces Squad For World Test Championship Final Against New Zealand
ICC WTC Final: Rohit Sharma as opener could be Litmus Test for him and India
ICC WTC Final: Tim Paine backs India to defeat New Zealand ‘Pretty Comfortably’
England Suffered A Crushing Defeat Against New Zealand, Kevin Pietersen Explains Why
ICC Rankings: New Zealand Toople India to Become No 1 Ranked Test Team
BCCI Requests ECB To Reschedule IND vs ENG Five-Test Series for IPL 2021
WTC Final: Team India stars sweat it out in gym ahead of New Zealand clash
England vs India Test series: James Anderson reveals plans for home Test series against India
WTC Final: Ajit Agarkar says ‘Don’t Think India would underestimate New Zealand’
I’d love to play all seven Tests This Summer: James Anderson
- BCCI Announces Squad For World Test Championship Final Against New Zealand
- ICC WTC Final: Rohit Sharma as opener could be Litmus Test for him and India
- ICC WTC Final: Tim Paine backs India to defeat New Zealand ‘Pretty Comfortably’
- England Suffered A Crushing Defeat Against New Zealand, Kevin Pietersen Explains Why
- ICC Rankings: New Zealand Toople India to Become No 1 Ranked Test Team
IPL3 months ago
IPL 2021: SRH Full Match Schedule & Time Table
Cricketer3 months ago
AB de Villiers lauds Indian Captain Virat Kohli, Hails His Leadership Skills As India Crush England 3-1
News3 months ago
96 Not Out is Better Than 96 Out or 100 Out – Coach Senthilnathna Advices to Washington Sundar
News3 months ago
Kraigg Brathwaite replaces Jason Holder as West Indies Test Captain