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Monty Panesar says Ravichandran Ashwin will be the match-winner for India against New Zealand

June 9, 2021

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Durba

With just a few days remaining for the WTC final, fans are thrilled to see what line-up the Indian management will use against the Kiwis in Southampton. However, Virat Kohli and the management will have to keep in mind that the condition in England as the pitch has always been a tricky one. The pitches in England and the weather have often forced captains to play the Test match without spinners. Despite this, former spinner Monty Panesar believes that the spinners will have a significant role to play in the final. Thus, he is putting his money on India's ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. He also stated that he would be the star of the match.

Ashwin dismissed 200 left-handed batters in Test cricket 

Several cricket experts have only talked about India's pace attack, but spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is also a vital cog of the Indian bowling unit. Talking about Ashwin's stats, he is the first bowler in the 143-year history of Test cricket to dismiss 200 left-handed batters. Due to this, former England spinner Monty Panesar stated that Ashwin could be the key for India when they take on New Zealand in the final of the maiden World Test Championship in Southampton. The New Zealand batting line-up comprises left-handers, and it could be an excellent opportunity for Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ravi Ashwin is currently third on the list of leading wicket-taker in the World Test Championship. In 13 matches so far, Ashwin has picked up 67 wickets. Now, he requires four more wickets to reach the top. However, if he manages to pick four wickets, he will surpass Australian pacer, Pat Cummins. Cummins has picked up 70 scalps from 14 games.

All the cricket fanatics are eagerly waiting for the final clash where India and NZ will face each other to determine the winner. The Ageas Bowl in Southampton will host the all-important match, and both teams are preparing for submit clash. The Indian cricket team has begun their individual training after they arrived in the UK. On the other hand, the Kiwis are getting some solid match-practice by playing against England. Following the final, India will have a 40-day break as the five-match Tests series will commence on August 4. The men's team is likely to play a couple of intra-squad games before the England series.

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Durba