Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar reckons that the Indian team has given themselves an opportunity to stand a slight chance of winning the much-awaited World Test Championship final against New Zealand on the Reserve Day but the change in conditions in Southampton might have made the job that much harder.
During a chat on India Today, Sunil Gavaskar said he expects an exciting finish to the WTC final which will be ending on Reserve Day, which will be played on Wednesday. The legendary batsman added the Indian batsmen will need to up teh ante after a cautious start on the sixth day to give themselves a chance to post a challenging 2nd innings total.
At stumps on Day 5, the Indian team was standing at 64 for 2, leading New Zealand by 32 runs. Towards the end of the day’s play, India lost the flamboyant opener, Rohit Sharma, for 30. Tim Southee dismissed both the Indian openers, Rohit and Shubman Gill early in the second innings. Captain Virat Kohli (8*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (12*) will resume India’s innings on Wednesday.
Talking about the match possibilities, Sunil Gavaskar said, “India will be looking to score freely and put some runs on the board and maybe try to bowl New Zealand out in the fourth innings. An exciting finish for the first-ever WTC final. They have earned the opportunity (an outside chance to go for win) but now the pitch seems to be playing a lot better because of the weather that is different, there is a little bit of sun out now. It has dried up the surface.
He further added, “Even if there is a little bit of grass on the pitch, it won’t have that much carry that was there in the earlier days. So that means batting has become a lot easier. India will probably not be able to bowl New Zealand out in the 2nd innings. They have to bowl exceptionally well to get New Zealand out.”