New Zealand Have Advantage in WTC Final, Believes Sunil Gavaskar

Author : Arti Sharma | Published On : 01 Jun 2021

While the discussion going on about New Zealand having an advantage over India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final next month as they will play two Tests against England before the summit clash, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar is no different as he also believes the same.

The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will play against England in the first Test from June 2-6 at Lord’s, London, and then they will take on each other in the second in Birmingham from June 10-14. After that, they will take on India in the WTC final from June 18-22 in Southampton as well.

“The pessimists are suggesting that playing two Tests before the WTC finals will be a huge plus for the Kiwis as they will be match ready and better acclimatised to the conditions,” Gavaskar wrote in a column in The Telegraph. “The flip side of playing those two Tests is that New Zealand could get beaten and thus be low on morale when they take on India and there could be some injuries and niggles to some of their key players which can happen in early June in England.”

Team India has been in a good form in the longer format where they successfully beat Australia in Australia without a few of their key players last year and then beat England at home earlier this year as well. And, the former captain said that the main thing that will go in their favour is their energy and enthusiasm which will help them to win games in the series. India will play five Tests against England after the WTC final as well.

“The other factor that will work in the Indian team’s favour is that they will be fresh and raring to go and that sheer energy and enthusiasm to be able to play the sport they love after a month’s gap will more than make up for any lack of match practice. This is a team that has tasted success and that too in adverse circumstances, so any adversity will be looked upon as an opportunity to show they have the gumption to rise above it and conquer it,” the veteran concluded.


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