Vengsarkar, who has played 116 Tests for India, said Kohli and Rohit are in very good shape but their performance in the WTC final at the start of the tour could be affected due to lack of competitive matches. Kohli has been with the team for a long time and is currently one of the best batsmen in the world.
Mumbai. The lack of match practice ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final is not a big worry for Virat Kohli but former veteran Dilip Vengsarkar feels it could put the Indian captain in “trouble”. The Kohli-led Indian team is on a three-day strict isolation in Southampton after arriving in England on Thursday for the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand to be played from June 18. The New Zealand team is playing a two-match Test series against England before the WTC. Vengsarkar, who has played 116 Tests for India, said Kohli and Rohit are in very good shape but their performance in the WTC final at the start of the tour could be affected due to lack of competitive matches. Vengsarkar said, “He (Kohli) has been with the team for a long time and is currently one of the best batsmen in the world. Kohli and Rohit are world class players and they would be proud of their performance and India’s victory.
When Vengsarkar, a former chairman of the selection committee, was asked about Kohli’s importance for this match, he said, “The good thing is that both are in great rhythm. I think the lack of match practice can affect his performance. I think at least in the opening Test of the tour it can happen.” He believes that the New Zealand team will be in advantage as they are already playing there. Vengsarkar said, “India are a better team and are in great rhythm. The advantage with New Zealand is that their team is not much in the limelight and they are getting to play two Test matches before this match (World Test Championship final).” Vengsarkar said, “It is noticeable. The thing is that the New Zealand team is in a slight advantage. They will play two Test matches before the start of this match (WTC final) so that they will be able to adjust to the conditions. Should have played two-three matches so that they can adapt themselves according to the conditions. ”He said that like the batsmen, the bowlers also need match practice. Vengsarkar said, “It is advisable for the batsmen as well as the bowlers to play matches and spend time in the field. You may do net practice and know the conditions of the match, but spending time playing matches on the field is always beneficial, even if it is a practice match.
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