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WTC Final: New Zealand have advantage over India because of series against England, says Sunil Gavaskar


Sunil Gavaskar said that New Zealand have an advantage of India because of the two-Test series that they have played agianst New Zealand prior to the WTC final.

Kane Williamson's New Zealand played a two-Test series prior to the WTC final.

Kane Williamson’s New Zealand played a two-Test series prior to the WTC final. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sunil Gavaskar said that no amount of throw-downs in the nets can be a substitute for match practice
  • While New Zealand played the two-Test series in June, India arrived in England in July
  • Gavaskar said he would like to see India face County teams in the break after the WTC final

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that New Zealand have an advantage over India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final because they have played a two-Test series in England before the historic one-off Test at the Ageas Bowl.

While New Zealand played the two-Test series in June, India arrived in England in July and recently played an intra-squad match.

“Certainly,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak on eSalaamCricket when asked if playing the two-Test series has given New Zealand an advantage over India ahead of the WTC final, which starts on Friday. “It is all about being match fit, if you are match fit then it is of great help,” he said.

The Indian team will remain in England after the final and will eventually face England in a five-Test series starting on August 4. Gavaskar said that he would like to see India playing a County team in this period.

“Even after this World Test Championship final, I would like India to play a County team in the six-week gap that they have before they face England. No matter how much you practice, you would not be able to face the kind of threat that let’s say someone like Kyle Jamieson poses, who bowls from a great height. Regardless of how many throwdowns you get in the nets, you need match practice, if India have that, it will be good,” he said.

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