Last Update on: March 31st, 2023 at 02:41 pm
Former New Zealand batter Ross Taylor believes that India has a chance to register a victory in the second edition of the World Test Championship (WTC). The Rohit Sharma-led team will take on Australia in the championship final, which is scheduled to be played at the Oval in London starting on June 7.
Team India secured their berth in the WTC final for the second consecutive time after registering a 2-1 series victory over Australia in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) at home. Star players Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah are likely to miss the crucial match, which could prove costly for India.
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The Seamers Play A Big Part – Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor believes that the weather plays a key role in England. Taylor said Australia’s seamers have more experience with Duke ball, but Indian pacers are not far from them.
“Any time you play in England, conditions and the weather play a big part,” Ross Taylor said.
“Any time you think of Australia and India, and also you’re playing in a neutral ground, the seamers play a big part. The Australian seamers are renowned for bowling with the Dukes ball and have a lot of experience. I wouldn’t rule out this Indian side. They have had a lot of success over there in the years gone past, they have a few of these seamers,” he added.
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Very Tough To Replace Someone Like Bumrah – Ross Taylor
The former New Zealand batter said that the Rohit Sharma-led team have a quality bowling attack to make an impact in seam-friendly conditions, despite the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.
“Very tough to replace someone like Bumrah. He’s been fantastic in all three formats and is the leader of their bowling attack,” he said.
“But I think there’s still enough depth in this Indian line-up to trouble the Australian side. Shami and co are fantastic in these conditions. When you consider the India attack, Siraj and co are also very good with the Dukes ball,” he added.
Earlier, the Black Caps beat India by eight wickets in the inaugural edition of WTC 2021 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The Kiwis secured their first ICC trophy after getting close in the title hunt on a few occasions.
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