Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes that if conditions are favorable for fast bowlers in the final of the World Test Championships between India and New Zealand, Team India will have problems. He said if pace bowlers dominated the final game in Southampton, New Zealand would be huge. The WTC final between India and New Zealand will be held from June 18 to June 22. New Zealand batsmen are better off playing swinging ball than Indian batsmen, Panesar said.
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Speaking on the phone with the PTI, he said: ‘It is raining a lot. If the weather stays this way it will be an interesting match between India and New Zealand’s fast bowlers. New Zealand batsmen play swinging ball better than Indian batsmen. In such a situation, it will be very interesting to see if the ball is swinging during the Test match and how Indian batsmen deal with it compared to New Zealand. The former left-arm spinner said the conditions would be more favorable for India if the weather was clear and sunny in Southampton at the time. Panesar hoped the ICC (International Cricket Council) would prepare a neutral wicket for the match as the WTC Final was considered a good advertisement for a five-day match.
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The India team will arrive in England on June 2 with little more than 10 days to practice. On the other hand, before the WTC final, New Zealand will play two Tests against England and many experts see this as a big advantage but Panesar believes it could be a double-edged sword. “If New Zealand do well in the next two Tests, the rhythm against India may be in their favor,” he said. If England beat them, suddenly their confidence begins to diminish and that is good for India. If the WTC finals were made within a week (before the New Zealand-England series), I would have chosen the Indian team as the winning contenders because I had played so many matches in tough conditions. New Zealand have also played good cricket but they have not been as tough as India. When you win matches from very difficult, difficult situations, you become a top-tier team.