The inaugural edition of the ICC World Testing Championship final is less than a month away from blowing up the guns. The two cricket giants India and New Zealand will be looking forward to a big battle.
Clash of the Titans will take place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 18th. Both teams have all the tools and ingredients to outsmart each other. It remains to be seen which team gets the better of the other.
The intriguing competition will see Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson in cricket action. The two captains have yet to win an ICC event. Both captains have the best batsmen and bowlers in their arsenal to fight.
Ahead of the WTC final, the Kiwis will get used to the conditions in England as they play test series against England. The first of the two-game test series is scheduled for June 2.
India, on the other hand, will not have much time to get used to the conditions. They will spend most of the time in isolation. However, there is no doubt that the Kiwis will have the momentum against India.
Meanwhile, New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen named the threat to the Kiwis in the WTC final. Surprisingly, it’s not Indian captain Virat Kohli or opening batsman Rohit Sharma.
Rishabh Pant is the threat: Jurgensen
New Zealand bowling coach reckons Rishabh pants will be a big threat to them in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. The bowling coach believes Pant will approach the game with a positive frame of mind.
He is aware that Pant is a dangerous attacking hitter. The bowling coach added that the bowlers will need to stay calm and make things pretty tough for Pant.
“Well Rishabh Pant is an extremely dangerous player who can change the game on his head. We saw how well he did it against Australia and England.
He’s hugely positive, but with that there is potentially the opportunity to take his wicket, ”New Zealand bowling coach Jurgensen told the Southampton Telegraph.
The 45-year-old added that bowlers will come up with a plan to get rid of the dangerous batsman. The coach said they will have to be at their best to stop Pant.
“Our bowlers need to perform well, stay calm and make it as difficult as possible for Pant to score points. He’s definitely a smooth drummer that’s hard to stop, which we have to keep in mind, ”said Shane Jurgensen.