Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra revealed the possible way of how India could push for a win on the final day of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. India is currently ahead by 32 runs with eight wickets in hand and it will need an excellent all-round performance from India from both bat and ball to push for a win.
At the moment, New Zealand has got the best chance to run through the Indian batting order in the first session and they can chase down the score if adequate time is left in the match. But India has a much difficult task of expanding the lead quickly and also bowling out New Zealand with very little time left is going to very difficult and highly improbable.
“You Need At least 50 overs to get New Zealand Out” – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra mentioned that India will need at least a minimum of half of the overs remaining in the match to get New Zealand out which is nearly 50 overs. Baring the two overs for the changeover, India needs to make sure that they can set a target of around 200 which will be 4 runs per over for the Kiwis to win the match. He added that it becomes a possibility only if India starts off with 4 runs per over until the declaration comes on.
“India is 32 runs ahead. You need at least 50 overs to get New Zealand out. There are 98 overs to be played, out of which two overs will be for the changeover. So if you have to give them 50 overs, you are left with 46 overs.”
“You would want to give a target of around 200 in 50 overs, minimum four runs per over. So you need to score around 170 runs in the remaining 46 overs. It is possible, it is nearly four and over,” Aakash Chopra told on his Youtube Channel.
Aakash Chopra Wants The Batsmen Around Pujara To Take The Game Forward
Aakash Chopra was quite assured that Pujara isn’t going to play quickly and he added that Pujara will grind out the overs while the others can take on the bowling. He included the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja to score quickly and it will help massively in taking the game forward.
“Pujara will not play fast, that’s a surety. He is an insurance policy you have bought. So you will have to score runs quickly from the other end. It can be done, this will be the best batting day.
“For that to happen, Kohli has to continue with the form he came in with, Rishabh Pant’s bat will have to fire, Rahane has to contribute and Jaddu will have to come and take it forward quickly,” Aakash Chopra added.
The trophy will be shared between India and New Zealand if the match ends in a draw and it is the most likely scenario at the moment.