Deep Dasgupta Opens Up On the Disadvantage New Zealand Might Face In WTC Final
Author : Arti Sharma | Published On : 10 Jun 2021
New Zealand is currently taking on England in a two-match Test series and after that, they will take on India in the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship in Southampton from June 18. While many thought this series will help the Kiwis for the summit clash, India’s former wicket-keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta said that the same could be a disadvantage for them.
As the first Test has ended in a draw and the second will begin from 10th June and end on 14th, New Zealand players will get three days in between for the start of the much-awaited WTC final. Thus, Dasgupta feels the fast bowlers of New Zealand could be a bit tired after the second Test match and it could give an advantage for India as they will start afresh.
He said that while talking to YouTube channel Xtra Time, “There is a talk that New Zealand has an advantage because they are playing two Test matches before the WTC final. Yes, it is an advantage definitely but it can be a disadvantage as well. There is not much gap between their second Test and the WTC final, I think three or four days. So if we see from their angle, their fast bowlers will play back-to-back three Test matches without too much of a break.”
However, the veteran further shared that the fast bowlers will play crucial roles in Southampton and the the Kiwi pace bowling unit is more diverse than the Indian one as well.
“If we talk about the balance, we need to see it based on the conditions. In Southampton, generally, it is a batting pitch and it is slightly hotter because it is more towards the south of England. But if you talk about now, it is raining there and it is still quite cold in England. That means the fast bowlers will get more help. If we talk about fast bowling, both sides have almost equally good bowlers. But you can say that New Zealand has a more diverse unit. They have both swing and hit-the-deck bowlers. They have Wagner, who is extremely unique, keeps bowling bouncers throughout the day,” he concluded.