Staying at Carrington will affect India’s preparations for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in England, but bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R. Sridhar feel that the players’ immense experience will be sufficient to meet the challenge. It is not yet known whether Virat Kohli and his team will be allowed to practice before the final against New Zealand starting on June 18 in Southampton. India have to play five Test series against England from August.
When Sridhar was asked how long India will prepare for the final, he said to PTI, “I don’t think we have a choice. We want to take full advantage of any time we get because it all depends on the quarantine, the time and practice we get there. So, I don’t think we have a choice. Sridhar believes that the challenges of the Kovid-19 epidemic, the bio-bubble of life, and quarantine are difficult for players to program, but are also players who are in the mood to land with less preparation.
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He said, ‘It’s time to be mentally smart. We have an experienced team to play in the final. Each player is able to adapt to the circumstances. He has played against New Zealand, he has played in England. Sridhar said, ‘So the experience is vital and we have to accept this challenge because we can’t really plan how many practice sessions we want because we will only be able to attend as many practice sessions as we can.’ He said, ‘Many times when you come to the field with less preparation, you play more carefully and you can do your best in such a situation. We play in this game with this mentality.
Kovid-19 is responsible for locks in most parts of the country, but bowling coach Arun said players have been asked to play special roles while at home. He said, ‘They are assigned specific roles. They can’t go outside. After gathering the whole team, we need to see how we can make a better plan. Arun admitted that playing two Tests against England in the WTC final would benefit New Zealand. He said, ‘It will definitely be a benefit situation for them. They have the experience of playing under conditions in England but we also need to take advantage of our past experience in England.
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