A much-needed win: Sangakkara reflects on RR victory against KKR
25 Apr 2021
The World Test Championship Final is less than a month away and many former greats have given their predictions regarding the winner. India and New Zealand would be fighting it out in the neutral venue of Rose Bowl, Southampton in England. New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee believes that the Kiwis have an edge over the Indian side because of their swing trio of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson.
“It all comes down to who is better prepared and who adapts better to the English conditions the quickest. The weather may also play a part and if it is cold, that will favour New Zealand,’ Hadlee said. He then went on to add how the Duke ball swing is favourable for the Blackcaps bowlers.
“The Duke ball will suit both team's fast bowlers, especially the genuine swing bowlers, and the Kiwis are well-served in that department with Southee, Boult and Jamieson,” said the all-rounder who was known for his deadly swing and who took quite a lot of his 1490 First-Class wickets in English conditions. “If the ball seams around off the pitch, batsmen in both teams will be challenged,” he added.
Talking about the magnanimity of the WTC Final, Hadlee said that it is obviously not as big as a World Cup, but the teams that have reached here truly deserved it. “The Test Championship is a one-off game. Yes, it is a final, but I don't think either team will be too fazed about it. It is a neutral ground with no home advantage. It is something to look forward to. Both teams deserve to be contesting the final because of their consistency over a set period,” he said.