Ahead of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final, the former Australia captain Ian Chappell opines that India‘s bowling attack is more balanced than their opposition’s on Friday, New Zealand. Both the strong outfits will collide in the historic clash at The Ageas Bowl in the final which will culminate a two-year cycle.
Ian Chappell is excited to watch the bowling attacks of both; while the pace bowlers cancel out each other, he feels that the presence of spinners R Ashwin and, in particular Ravindra Jadeja, in the Indian team makes them a more rounded bowling unit than their counterparts.
New Zealand have Colin de Grandhomme as their all-rounder, who is at best a defensive bowler, and Ajaz Patel as the spinner, who has played just 9 Tests and offers little with the bat. Jadeja, on the other hand, contributes with wickets as well as is a much-improved batsman.
“What I am looking forward to — in the first-ever Test championship final — is the battle of the pace bowling attacks,” Ian Chappell said in a video posted on the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.
“Both India and New Zealand have got very strong pace-bowling attacks. India has got a more balanced attack because they have better spinners and because (Ravindra) Jadeja is an all-rounder, they might get an opportunity to play a couple of spinners,” he added.
I am looking forward to is the performance of Rishabh Pant: Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell is excited to watch young Rishabh Pant in action in the WTC final. Pant has been in supreme form, helping India register historic Test series win in Australia, and carried the same vein in the home series against England. Pant made his Test debut in 2018 on the England tour, where he smashed his maiden Test ton at the Kennington Oval.
“Another thing I am looking forward to is the performance of Rishabh Pant. He is a much-improved cricketer. It will be interesting to see which team is the most effective,” the 77-year-old stated.