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India must not underestimate New Zealand in WTC final: Ajit Agarkar

By Bet Barter

June 1, 2021

Former Indian fast bowler Ajit Agarkar thinks that Team India should not underestimate New Zealand in the WTC final. The New Zealand cricket team can no longer be considered as underdogs in ICC tournaments, and India should not take their opponents lightly. New Zealand and India will face each other in the ICC World Test Championship final. It is scheduled to be played from 18 to June 22, with June 23 set aside as the Reserve Day. The decision of planning a reserve Day is to ensure five full days of play. Many cricket fans and experts have already begun to compare the pace attacks of both India and New Zealand. 

Considering the seam friendly English conditions, it is anticipated to be a massive test for the batsmen. If the World Test Championship final were held in India, New Zealand would be sent packing by the Indian cricket team within three days. However, that is not going to be the case this time as it’s going to be played in England, and that too in the first half of the English summer. Thus, this makes NZ a much more significant hurdle for India to cross to win the World Test Championship.

Team India to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon their arrival in Southampton

The Kiwis have an excellent opportunity to prepare for the summit clash as they will be up against England in a two-Test series. The first Test between the teams will start from June 2 at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium, whereas the second Test at Edgbaston. Unlike New Zealand, the Indian cricket team will not have any chance to prepare. Virat Kohli and Co. will fly to Southampton on June 3 in a charter flight and will face New Zealand directly on June 18.

Presently, team India is under a hard quarantine in a Mumbai facility which is arranged by the BCCI. Along with the support staff, the entire team will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine upon their arrival in Southampton. After that, the players will be allowed to train and practice inside the bio-bubble created by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Talking about the summit clash, Ajit Agarkar, during Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected, reckoned that India would have to be at their best to fight New Zealand.

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