Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad feels that the Indian team has no shortage of qualifiers for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against the confident New Zealand team, which begins June 18 in Southampton and has masked all the shortcomings. Prasad feels that Prasad’s Indian team, unlike his playing days, has a third or fourth fast bowler who can keep up with the pressure created by the new ball. He thinks the team also has a batting unit capable of scoring about 350 runs in each situation. “Two great teams are playing in the final,” Prasad told PTI on Monday. India has plenty of options as players who are not entering their XI XI are so strong.
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“In the nineties and early 2000s, the team had two good fast bowlers, but the third or fourth option was not that strong. They said, ‘Now the team has that strength and it is.’ “There are some good all-rounders. We have always had world-class spinners but now we have world class fast bowlers. Prasad joined former legend Javagal Srinath for his bowling with a new ball. Prasad said he expected India to dominate the match.
Prasad, a former India bowling coach, said: “We also have a batting scorer of 350 on the scoreboard. Now we have rectified all the shortcomings. It doesn’t matter what kind of pitch it is. India should be dominant in every way. The second Test of the two-match series showed evidence that New Zealand were in good shape by beating the hosts England. After 22 years on the England ground, the team won the Test series. Asked about playing XI in India, Prasad said it was not a tough decision for skipper Virat Kohli.
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He wants to play three spinners Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Jaspreet Bumrah with two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. “The combination of three fast bowlers with Ashwin and Jadeja is great. Bumrah, Shami and Ishant Sharma have played different situations. They know their roles very well.” The technique is very simple. Who can use the new ball better? They both have good control.
He said, “I am surprised Ishant is still looking for a third choice in bowling after playing 100 Tests. He also has experience playing county cricket in England. The former player, who has played 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for India, believes New Zealand will be better off playing two Tests in England, but India have a full opportunity to prepare.
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