Ahead of the ICC World Test Championship final, former Indian cricketer, Reetinder Singh Sodhi has pointed out stats reveal that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have not done much in tournament finals. The former India all-rounder also mentioned that one out of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Cheteshwar Pujara will have to play big knocks in the ICC World Test Championship final.
India is set to lock horns with New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final from today (June 18). The one-off final will be played at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton England.
The Indian team is led by Virat Kohli while New Zealand will be led by Kane Williamson. India topped the points table of ICC World Test Championship to bag a berth in the final. New Zealand finished on the 2nd spot in the points table and quailed for the final.
Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma Have Not Done Much In Such Matches: Reetinder Singh Sodhi
During a discussion on India News, Sodhi said that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma do not have a great record while batting in tournament finals and New Zealand bowlers will be aware of the same.
“I totally agree with you because stats say a lot. The New Zealand bowlers or their team will also be discussing that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have not done much in such matches, so there they can go on the attack,” Sodhi said.
“But this is a pressure match and here one out of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will have to play a big knock because they know the conditions and have the experience and can be match-winners on their day.
“After that, Shubman Gill and Rahane can play the cushion role but at the end of the day, one out of your top-class three batsmen will have to fire because this is a pressure-cooker match and whichever team takes a session easy can fall behind,” Sodhi, who played 22 ODIs for India between 2000 to 2002, further said.
During World Test Championship, India played a total of 17 matches during 6 bilateral series. The Virat Kohli and co. won 12 matches and lost 4, while 1 ended in a draw. On the other hand, New Zealand played 11 matches during 5 bilateral series. They won 7 matches and lost 4.
Both the teams will not lock horns in the one-off final and the winner will be the ultimate champion of the ICC World Test Championship. In a case of a draw, both teams will be declared joint winners of the tournament.