The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will be a battle between two of the best pace-bowling attacks in the world.
While New Zealand have the likes of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme, India also boasts of world-class seamers in the form of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Umesh Yadav.
Ultimately, it will all boil down to which batting-unit bats well against world-class seamers in conditions that are likely to assist the latter throughout the game.
Speaking on India Today e-Salaam Cricket, VVS Laxman reckoned that while New Zealand have an exciting opener in the form of Devon Conway and experienced batters like Williamson, Taylor, Latham, Team India has greater depth and experience.
He also added that whichever teams post an above-par total in the first innings will hold a significant advantage,
”It is more about which team bats better. I think there is a lot more experience and class in the Indian team. With New Zealand, yes they have got an exciting opener in the form of (Devon) Conway,”VVS Laxman told India Today on eSalaamCricket.
“There is experience in Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson. But the Indian batting lineup has a lot of experience and talent, so I believe whichever team scores an above par total in the first innings will hold the edge,” he said.
While both teams have experienced and world-class seamers, Laxman reckoned that India holds the edge in the spinners department thanks to the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
”Both teams have experienced fast bowlers. India is blessed to have two quality spinners so overall there will be balance in the Indian bowling lineup,” signed off Laxman.