Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar reckons India will have their job reduce out in the upcoming World Test Championship ultimate towards New Zealand, who boast of a potent pace assault ever able to thrive in acquainted English conditions.
The much-awaited match is scheduled to be held in Southampton from June 18-22.
Speaking on Star Sports present GAME PLAN, Agarkar highlighted the challenges India might face towards the Kiwis.
“It (New Zealand pace attack) has certainly got a lot of variety. I mean it is because you look at someone like (Kyle) Jamieson who is a tall guy and will pose a different challenge,” Agarkar mentioned.
He then spoke extremely of New Zealand’s seasoned pace duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee in addition to Neil Wagner, who has the power to shock along with his pace.
“Boult and Southee both will bowl, one delivery coming into you, one delivery going away from you, as a right-hander. And then (Neil) Wagner, when nothing is happening, and you know, everything seems flat, he comes and does something and has been doing it on a regular basis. So the challenges are a bit different.”
Agarkar is conscious that the conditions in Ageas Bowl are going to be extra acquainted for the New Zealanders.
“Also what works in their favour is the situation, since you are enjoying in England, it’s virtually like what you get in New Zealand. So that makes it a bit of bit simpler with that Duke ball which does swing round. So the challenges are lots.
“More so because India has not had any Test cricket in recent time, not a Test cricket away from home since the Australia tour. Australian conditions are completely different. So that’s the biggest challenge. And that’s why I feel the preparations (have) got to be the key,” he mentioned.
India registered unimaginable come-from-behind Test collection triumphs in each Australia and towards England at residence, stamping their authority as one of many world’s prime sides in the intervening time.
Taking into consideration their efficiency in latest years, Agarkar mentioned India’s power lies in their capacity to win with totally different gamers.
“I feel a few issues, resilience or simply perception in your capacity or in your individual crew. Look on the England collection at residence, we anticipated India to win.
“Yes, the conditions suit their (India) wicket or their spin bowling, but they lost the first Test comprehensively. They came back and beat England really well in the next three Tests,” Agarkar mentioned.
“Look at Australia (collection), they (India) misplaced that first Test, bowled out for what 36 — shedding the host of your first crew gamers, whether or not it’s your greatest batsman in the crew, Virat Kohli, your greatest bowler in the crew, Mohammad Shami, these type of losses.
“By the end of the series, you had a Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Mohammad Siraj bowling for you, against a full-strength Australian team and you still managed to find a way to win in those situations. So, the depth in that team — even though there was not a lot of experience — the guys that came in had enough belief that they could turn up. That’s been India’s strength.”