A lot of cricket experts believe that New Zealand will have the advantage in the World Test Championship final against India as they have been playing two Test matches against England before the summit clash. However, former India wicket-keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta said that this could be a disadvantage for them as well.
While the first Test has ended in a draw, the second Test will begin from 10th June and will end on 14th June and they will have three days in between to prepare for the WTC final. Moreover, Dasgupta feels that their fast bowlers could be a bit tired and it could be a disadvantage to the Indian team as well.
Deep Dasgupta said to the 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,” he again shared.
Along with this, Deep Dasgupta also said that the fast bowlers will play key roles in Southampton and the New Zealand pace bowling unit is more diverse than the Indian pace attack as well. Notably, the inaugural World Test Championship final will be played at Ageas Bowl, Southampton from June 18.
“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,” Deep Dasgupta concluded.