New Zealand all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme opines that Team India will face some serious challenges while picking their eleven for the World Test Championship final versus the Kiwis. The final, which is shifted from Lord’s to Southampton, will be played from June 18-22, with June 23 as the reserve day.
Colin de Grandhomme marvels over the abundance of talent in the current pool in Indian cricket. India defeated Australia away and England at home – both after losing the first Test – without the services of their several senior players, especially in the bowling department where Virat Kohli and co. will have to brainstorm to choose their best bowling combination to challenge Kane Williamson’s side.
“With the amount of players they’ve got they can cover all bases because they’ve got real good seam bowlers these days and gun spinner, so I think the toughest thing for them is going to be picking the XI,” Colin de Grandhomme was quoted by ICC as saying.
Since I’ve had the surgery the ankle has felt real good: Colin de Grandhomme
The 34-year-old explosive all-rounder, however, is not a sure starter in New Zealand’s eleven as he has only recently recovered from his ankle injury which had kept him away from international cricket for a year.
Colin de Grandhomme last played for the Black Caps in March last year and missed the entire home season later due to the injury, for which he had to get surgery. He has made his return to the domestic cricket, but other players in his absence have done well to stake a claim for a spot in the line-up.
The right-hander has an impressive record in Tests – averaging 37.03 with the bat and 31.63 with the ball in 24 matches. Before the WTC final, New Zealand plays England in a 2-match Test series, and de Grandhomme is hoping to step again on the field for his country.
“Since I’ve had the surgery the ankle has felt real good and it seems to keep getting better and it feels normal again for a change. Looks like I’m tracking well at the moment and should be ready to go for ball one if I’m needed,” the all-rounder told ESPNcricinfo.