Due to weather, two days of the highly anticipated final between India and New Zealand have been washed out. While the match is expected to end in a draw, India has the opportunity to influence the outcome by going for a win. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will be walking in the middle of the third innings on the reserve day of the WTC final, with India leading by 32 runs. Irfan Pathan says Virat Kohli an aggressive captain.
Virat Kohli an aggressive captain, he will always go for the win – Irfan Pathan
India would need to exhibit some outstanding batting if they are to win the match. Virat Kohli and his team will have to bat in the first half of the reserve day to set a goal of 200 plus runs and then took all ten wickets in the second half. Although many in the cricket community predict the inaugural WTC Final would end in a tie, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan disagrees.
Irfan feels that Indian captain Virat Kohli is an aggressive leader who would always go for the winning rather than settling for a draw. The all-rounder believes that if India doesn’t lose more than one wicket in the first hour of the reserve day, the spectators would get to see Kohli in action.
If we don’t lose early wickets, then we would see the aggressive Kohli- Irfan Pathan
“We know Virat Kohli is a very aggressive captain. He would always go for the kill, always go for the win. But he would also understand the situation that New Zealand are slightly ahead. But that one hour, if we don’t lose more than one wicket, then we would see the aggressive Virat Kohli there. Obviously, Cheteshwar Pujara will be very crucial as well in that one hour,” Irfan told on media interaction.
The all-rounder went on to say that a score of about 160 will be more than enough for India, after which they should declare their innings and try to gain some early wickets of the Blackcaps to put them behind.
“I see India playing around 40 overs. and try to get as many runs as possible. If India reaches somewhere close to 160-mark, and then they can give batting and see if they can get early wickets. We have seen in these five days, the morning session has done a bit when it comes to fast bowling moving around. Once you take out that, the game could still be on,” he added.