Team India has traveled to England to play the final of the World Test Championships and the five-Test series against England. The Virat Kohli-led India team will play the final of the WTC in Southampton from June 18 to 22. After that, Team India will play a Test series against England from August 4. Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar believes that adapting to England’s conditions is more difficult for batsmen than for bowlers.
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Speaking on Star Sports, Ajit Agarkar said: ‘I can be a bit biased and say it is difficult for bowlers. But, in fact, I think batsmen have more trouble adapting to the situation because you only have one chance. The bowlers get a chance to get back in the game. If one of your spells does not go well, you have the opportunity to gain better momentum in the second. The more you bowl, the better your rhythm will improve. You will be able to better understand the conditions, make the bowl line and length, know whether the ball is swinging or seam and you have the opportunity to adjust accordingly.
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Agarkar had recently said that India’s team does not make the mistake of taking New Zealand lightly. He said, ‘I don’t think so. Team India does not feel guilty for underestimating them. I mean, the weak tag has been removed from New Zealand. You look at every ICC tournament, you see this Test Championship being held for the first time – every ICC tournament, be it the T20 World Cup, the Champions Trophy, the World Cup, they always play well. If they do not make it to the final, at least they will earn their place in the semifinals or quarter-finals and this is a testament to their consistency. So you can’t call them weak. Yes, he is, there are probably some big names on other teams and that’s why you see him as a favorite. So I don’t think India makes the mistake of underestimating them.