Almost everyone involved in the cricket fraternity is pumped up about the inaugural final of the World Test Championship between India and New Zealand. All the former cricketers and experts are sharing their two cents about the final. Cricket specialists are picking their sides and giving valid reasons behind their choices. Former Pakistani batsman Salman Butt is edging towards New Zealand in the historic finale. Stay with us to know about Ind vs NZ WTC finals.
Salman Butt picks his side: Ind vs NZ WTC finals
Salman Butt, in his Youtube Channel, reasoned out why New Zealand will have an upper hand over India in the final which is scheduled to be played at Southampton, England. Ind vs NZ WTC final will be played between June 18 to 22. Salman stated that the English conditions will favor the Kiwis and that their two-match Test series against England before the finals will help strengthen their cause.
“I think the application of technique (could decide the result) if the conditions are truly English. If the English weather plays its part and there is off-the-pitch seam movement, then it will show which team has stronger basics and which team has better technique application,” explained Butt.
“Another difference will be how their bowling line-ups shape up because line and length play a massive role usually. When you play on a pitch that provides assistance to the pace bowlers, then line and length are crucial. If you are off the mark, runs will be scored,” he remarked.
“Since the match is in June and since New Zealand would be better prepared for the English conditions (due to the two-Tests series against England before the WTC final), they would definitely hold an edge. New Zealand would have the momentum because of continuity in Test cricket as they would go (into the final) on the back of two matches. Whereas, India (without any match practice), would be waiting for them in finals,” opined Butt.