The ICC World Test Championship final [WTC 2021] between India and New Zealand should have gotten underway by now but thanks to the inclement English weather, we will have to wait for some more time before we see both teams lock horns with each other.
When the final does get underway, Indian batsmen will have a tough job on their hands of countering the seam and swing that the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, and the likes will generate.
The Indian opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will be extremely crucial to their fortunes, especially the ‘Hitman’ given his current form and experience.
Rohit Sharma was comfortably India’s best batter during the two-year-long ICC World Test Championship final. While Ajinkya Rahane was India’s leading run-scorer, Rohit Sharma had the best average and most hundreds.
In 11 WTC games, Rohit Sharma smashed 1030 runs at an average of 64.37 which included fours 100s, and a couple of half-centuries.
But the World Test Championship final will be a different ball game as Rohit will be up against quality seam and swing bowlers like his Mumbai Indians teammate Trent Boult, Tim Southee in English conditions.
Ahead of the WTC final, Mumbai Indians caught up with Rohit Sharma to ask him about his views on the prospect of facing Boult in the final.
Sharma revealed that he and Boult have had their share of batters during the net sessions in the IPL and while he is expecting a tough examination from the left-arm seamer, he is ready to counter the questions posed at him.
“We’ve had banter during IPL nets, he’s a quality bowler. It will be nice to face him. He’ll ask me some questions with the ball, and I’ll answer them,” said Rohit Sharma as quoted by the Mumbai Indians.
.@ImRo45 on Boult: "We've had banter during IPL nets, he's a quality bowler. It will be nice to face him. He'll ask me some questions with the ball, and I'll answer them."#OneFamily #ICCWTCFinal #INDvNZ
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) June 18, 2021
Trent Boult claimed a total of 34 wickets in 9 games during the WTC cycle and with the conditions in Southampton set to be ideal for his style of bowling, he will be one of the biggest threats for the Indian batting unit.