WTC Final: Lack of match practice might hurt India against New Zealand, says Dilip Vengsarkar

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It has been 14 years since an Indian squad won a Test bid successful England. In the past 3 outings, England has defeated India comprehensively. The hosts person won the Pataudi Trophy by 4-0 successful 2011, 3-1 successful 2014, and 4-1 successful 2018.

However, successful this circuit of the UK, earlier the five-match Test bid against England, the Indian squad volition fastener horns with New Zealand successful the much-awaited World Test Championship (WTC).

The Virat Kohli-led Team India has reached England connected Thursday and are quarantining astatine the Ageas Bowl successful Southampton, the venue for the WTC last from June 18.

There has been a batch of talking astir India’s deficiency of mentation earlier the WTC final. Many erstwhile cricketers person shared their ain opinion.

Lack of lucifer signifier mightiness wounded India

Dilip Vengsarkar, a seasoned of 116 Test matches, believes that the deficiency of lucifer signifier earlier going into the WTC last mightiness wounded India.

“Lack of lucifer signifier mightiness wounded them successful the WTC final; that is what I feel,” Vengsarkar told IndiaToday.In.

The erstwhile president of selectors said that playing a mates of signifier matches successful places similar England and New Zealand is ever beneficial.

Citing the illustration of India’s historical triumph successful Australia, the 65-year-old said: “if I retrieve correctly, India played a mates of signifier matches earlier the series. Despite the 36 each retired successful Adelaide and a bid of injuries, India won the series. The reddish shot players were accustomed to the conditions earlier going into the Test series.”

“It was a fantastic achievement, and the squad showed a superb warring spirit. The Australian circuit besides showed the satellite the benignant of extent successful endowment Indian cricket possesses,” added Vengsarkar.

However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, during the pre-departure property league up of the WTC last and consequent five-Test bid against hosts England, had said that deficiency of signifier wasn’t specified an contented arsenic astir each the players successful the broadside person acquisition of playing successful England.

“In the past, we person landed successful places 3 days anterior adjacent successful a due docket and person had a hellhole of bid and hellhole of competition, truthful it is each successful the head,” Kohli had said.

On the contrary, Dilip Vengsarkar feels that determination is nary substitute for lucifer signifier earlier going into a large lucifer similar the WTC final.

“It is ever advisable to play matches and walk clip successful the middle. Match signifier is ultimate; you whitethorn person nett practice, you know, a lucifer stimulation, but spending clip successful the mediate ever helps erstwhile you play the large game,” said Vengsarkar.

“Match signifier is simply a indispensable for the bowlers besides arsenic it helps them to recognize what magnitude 1 should vessel successful England,” helium added.

Vengsarkar, who has 3 centuries astatine Lord’s, feels that the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand could person a flimsy vantage since they are already successful the portion competitively.

"India is simply a amended squad and successful large form. The vantage with New Zealand, it is simply a low-profile team. The happening is that they are getting to play 2 Test matches earlier the WTC final. They volition beryllium utilized to the condition,” said Vengsarkar.

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has besides lamented India’s deficiency of lucifer signifier earlier the much-awaited WTC final. Speaking to Sports Tak, Yuvraj said: There are 8-10 signifier sessions, but there’s nary substitute for match-practice. It volition beryllium an adjacent contest, but New Zealand volition person an edge.”

Does the Indian cricket squad had immoderate clip playing a circuit crippled earlier the WTC final?

The Indian Premier League (IPL) got suspended connected May 4 aft Covid-19 breached the bio-bubbles. A mates of weeks later, the reddish shot cricketers were asked by the BCCI to assemble successful Mumbai to acquisition a compulsory 14-day quarantine earlier leaving for the UK connected June 2.

After reaching the UK, the Indian squad went consecutive to Southampton for a 10-day quarantine. There was hardly immoderate clip for the signifier crippled earlier the WTC final. The champion Indian squad tin bash is to play an intra-squad lucifer earlier heading to the WTC final.