Virat Kohli’s lack of practice before the World Test Championship (WTC) final is not of much concern. Former veteran Dilip Vengsarkar, however, believes this may be troubling for the Indian captain. The Kohli-led Indian squad has a three-day stint in Southampton after arriving in England for the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand on June 18.
Before the WTC, New Zealand were playing a two-Test series against England. Vengsarkar, who played 116 Tests for India, said that Kohli and Rohit are in good form but the lack of competitive matches could affect their performance in the WTC final at the start of the tour. He has been with the team since time immemorial and is currently one of the best batsmen in the world. Kohli and Rohit are world class players and they are proud of their achievement and India’s win.
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Asked about the importance of Kohli for the match, former chairman of the selection committee Wengsarkar said, “Both good things are in good rhythm. I think a lack of match practice will affect their performance.” “They believe that New Zealand will benefit because they are already playing there.”
Vengsarkar said, “It is noteworthy that the New Zealand team has been of some benefit. He will play two Tests before the start of this match (WTC Final) so that he will be able to adapt to the conditions. The Indian team had to play 2-3 before the Test (WTC final) to adapt to the conditions. Like batsmen, bowlers need match practice. It is advisable for batsmen and bowlers to play matches and spend time on the field. You can practice net and know the conditions of the match, but it is always beneficial to spend time playing on the field, even if it is a practice match. “
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