Kiwi pace attack, conditions will challenge India in WTC final: Agarkar | Cricket news

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Kiwi pace attack, conditions will challenge India in WTC final: Agarkar |  Cricket news

NEW DELHI: Old Pacemaker from India Ajit Agarkar acknowledges that India will have their homework short in the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand, which boasts of a powerful rhythm attack always ready to thrive in familiar English conditions.
The long-awaited match is scheduled to take place in Southampton from June 18-22.
Speaking on Star Sports’ GAME PLAN show, Agarkar highlighted the challenges India could face against Kiwis.
“Certainly (New Zealand’s pace attack) has a lot of variety. I mean it’s because you look at someone like (Kyle) Jamieson, who is a tall guy and will pose a different challenge,” Agarkar said.
He then spoke highly of New Zealand’s seasoned rhythm duo of Trent boult Y Tim southee besides neil Wagner, which has the ability to surprise with its speed.
“Boult and Southee will go bowling, a surrender going into you, a surrender going away from you, right-handed. And then (Neil) Wagner, when nothing happens, and you know, everything looks flat, he comes and does something and it. he’s been doing it regularly. So the challenges are a bit different. ”
Agarkar is aware that conditions at the Ageas Bowl will be more familiar to New Zealanders.
“Also what works in your favor is the condition, because you’re playing in England, it’s almost like what you get in New Zealand. That makes it a little bit easier with that swinging Duke ball. So the challenges are a lot of.
“More so because India hasn’t had a test cricket in recent times, not a test cricket away from home since the Australian tour. Australian conditions are completely different. So that’s the biggest challenge. And that’s why I feel that the preparations (have) improved to be the key, “he said.
India recorded incredible triumphs in the test series, both in Australia and against England at home, proving their authority as one of the best teams in the world at the moment.
Considering its performance in recent years, Agarkar said that India’s strength lies in its ability to win with different players.
“I think there are a couple of things, stamina or just faith in your ability or your own team. Watch the England series at home, we expected India to win.
“Yes, the conditions suit their wicket (India) or their spin bowling, but they lost the first round comprehensively. They came back and beat England really well in the next three rounds,” Agarkar said.
“Look Australia (series), they (India) lost that first test, they were out so 36 – losing the host of your first team players, be it your best team hitter, virat Kohli, his best bowler on the team, Mohammad Shami, those kinds of losses.
“At the end of the series, you had a Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Mohammad siraj bowling for you, against an Australian team at full strength and still you managed to find a way to win in those situations. So the depth in that team, even though there wasn’t much experience, the guys that came in had enough faith that they could show up. That has been India’s strong point. ”


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