Former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar feels India look a amended squad than New Zealand arsenic some sides get acceptable for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) last successful Southampton aboriginal this month. Both teams volition fastener horns astatine the Ageas Bowl cricket stadium from June 18.
New Zealand are preparing for the WTC last with a two-Test bid against England that started connected June 2 portion the Indian squad is successful the mediate of its edifice quarantine successful Southampton.
59 Tests person been played betwixt the 2 teams till day with India winning 21 matches arsenic compared to New Zealand's 12 portion 12 games ended successful a draw. But the Kiwis crushed India the past clip they met successful a Test bid with New Zealand winning 2-0 astatine location successful February 2020.
However, Vengsarkar inactive backed India arsenic helium believes that Virat Kohli has the much all-round squad than Kane Williamson.
"If you comparison the New Zealand squad to the Indian team, antheral to man, India looks the amended team," Vengsarkar told Khaleej Times.
"Of course, Trent Boult is simply a world-class bowler and Kane Williamson is simply a world-class batsman. But India is simply a much all-round team. We person got prime spinners (Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja), we person got prime accelerated bowlers (Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj) and prime batters arsenic well."
Vengsarkar, who averaged astir 43 successful Test cricket successful England during his playing career, besides said that India needs contributions from each and each subordinate successful the acme clash.
"There are talented players successful the (Indian) team. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, they are world-class cricketers.
"But it is besides important for different players to spot in, you know, due to the fact that you can't beryllium lone connected 2 players. If you are playing Test lucifer cricket, everybody has to contribute," Vengsarkar added.