ICC WTC Final: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly passes valuable advice for Kohli ahead of WTC Final.
ICC WTC Final: Hours before the start of the ICC World Test Championship final, former Indian skipper and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has passed a valuable piece of information to captain Virat Kohli.
Ganguly, who has done tremendous work overseas during his times, feels that India should opt to bat if they win the toss, even if the conditions in Southampton remain overcast as it has worked for the team in the past.
“If you dig into the record books and see India’s best overseas performances (save 2021 Australia), we have always won matches when we have batted first. It’s about a choice whether you want to face the pressure first up in adverse conditions or wait for the fourth innings,” Ganguly told ‘Aaj Tak’.
“Look at Leeds in 2002 or 2018 South Africa, we batted first in bowling friendly conditions, soaked in the initial pressure, put runs on the board and that’s how we won those games.
“Even Mark Taylor or Steve Waugh’s Australian teams rarely fielded even in seaming conditions. Maybe occasionally when the wicket used to be damp,” said Ganguly.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly along with Secretary Jay Shah were earlier wanted to attend the summit clash between India and New Zealand at Rose Bowl, however, the officials pulled back after learning about the quarantine norms and protocols upon reaching there.
Big responsibility for Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill:
The former cricketer also mentioned that there will be a big responsibility on the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Both of them will have to be at the crease for the longest time possible and blunt the shiny ball.
“Rohit and Shubman will need to give a good start. They have to bat at least 20 overs which will help Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant to work on the foundation laid by them.”
He also did not restrict himself from praising the opponents after their win against England.
This is the best New Zealand team in last 30-35 years. They have beaten England in England. They will be high on confidence. India won’t have it easy as they are playing good cricket,” he said.
The action of the final will begin on 3 PM Indian Standard Time.
Although there are signs of rain and if the forecast is to be believed, the showers are expected during the whole match timings.
India’s Playing11 for the ICC World Test Championship Final:
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli ©, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami.