The WTC final between India and New Zealand will be played in Southampton from June 18 and Parthiv feels that Pujara in batting and Mohammed Shami in bowling will prove to be important for the Indian team.
New Delhi. Former India wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel Terming Cheteshwar Pujara’s role as crucial in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, the Indian team hoped that the No. 3 batsman will be able to score the most runs in this historic match. The WTC final between India and New Zealand will be played in Southampton from June 18 and Parthiv feels that Pujara in batting and Mohammed Shami in bowling will prove to be important for the Indian team.
Parthiv said in Star Sports’ program Cricket Connected, “If India wants to win this match, then it will have to keep Pujara at number three.” If he stays at the crease for 3-4 hours in this match, then India will be in a very good position. I will name Pujara as the highest run-scorer in this Test match. Parthiv, who has played 25 Tests and 38 ODIs for India, hopes that Virat Kohli’s team will be able to win the final on the back of a strong bowling attack along with a strong batting line-up. He said, “Keeping cricket arguments aside, I will support India to win this Test match.” I think Mohammed Shami’s role in the Indian bowling attack will be crucial. He has done really well in all conditions. Two other former India cricketers Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar and New Zealand’s Scott Styris, however, described the Kiwis as the contenders for victory.
Pathan said, WTC final is the biggest Test match ever. I think New Zealand will be in a position of 55-45 advantage. Also I think Kane Williamson will score the most runs while either Trent Boult or Shami will take the most wickets. Agarkar said, it is difficult to say who will win the match but New Zealand will start as contenders in this match. As far as the highest run-scorer is concerned, I will take the name of Virat Kohli. Styris predicted New Zealand could win the match by six wickets on the back of Devon Conway and Boult, who made recent Test debuts against England. He said, I think New Zealand will win this match by six wickets. Devon Conway will score the most runs and Boult will be able to take the most wickets.
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