Recently, the Indian team played an intrasquad match at Southampton, to get a better idea of the pitch conditions. It also helped the team getting some much-needed match practice before the WTC final.
In the modern era, India has one of the best bowling attacks in Test cricket. Experienced and talented players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj are the pace options for India. Moreover, India has two brilliant spinners in R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the WTC final.
At present, players' matchups are important factors in formulating team strategies. Thereby, Virat Kohli would closely look at individual matchups and use them to take crucial wickets during the title match.
Some of the records of Indian bowlers against New Zealand batsmen are as follow:
Indian pacer Ishant Sharma would be one of the most experienced players in the match. He would hope to bring his immense experience and abilities in the match against the Kiwis.
In the past, Ishant Sharma had a good bowling record in English conditions. He was also the best bowler from the Indian side during the 2018 England tour. Sharma can bowl long spells and take important wickets.
Ishant Sharma has taken 35 wickets against New Zealand in seven Test matches. His best figure against the Kiwis is 6/51 during the Willington Test in 2014. Moreover, he has three five-wicket hauls against New Zealand in Tests.
Ravindra Jadeja would most probably be partnered with R Ashwin in the spin department. He has established himself as an exceptional spinner, batsman, and fielder. Thereby, he would have an important role to play in all three departments for India.
The Southampton pitch would most probably assist spinners on the 4th and 5th day of the WTC final. So, Jadeja could exploit the pitch conditions and create trouble for the right-handed batsmen of New Zealand.
To date, Jadeja has picked up 19 wickets in six Test matches against New Zealand. His best figure of 5/73 against the Kiwis was recorded during the 2016 Test match.
Over the past few years, Jasprit Bumrah has established himself as one of the best bowlers in the world. He has the uncanny ability to easily adapt to a different condition and give a match-winning performance.
Jasprit Bumrah can bowl a variety of yorkers and knuckleballs along at consistent lengths. Thereby, he could easily put a dent in the Kiwi batting line-up.
Bumrah has picked up six wickets in two Test matches played against New Zealand.