Batting great VVS Laxman believes India will start as favourites in the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton, England.

VVS Laxman believes India will start as favourites in World Test Championship final. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India will start as favourites vs New Zealand, says VVS Laxman
  • India have embraced the challenges and have overcome whatever obstacles they faced: Laxman
  • The Indian team led by Virat Kohli has already landed in Southampton

Former India batsman VVS Laxman believes that Virat Kohli-led India have played quality cricket over a long period of time and will start as favourites in the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand starting on June 18.

Laxman gave the example of the Australia series to state that India won’t back away from any challenges thrown at them.

“Both the teams are good, but I think India will start as favourites because of the way the Indian team has played – not only over the last couple of years but over a period of time.

“They have embraced the challenges and have overcome whatever obstacles they faced – as recently as the Australia series – and there’s a lot of talent and depth in this Indian line-up. But having said that, since it’s a one-off match, I feel whichever team bats well in the first innings will hold the ace,” Laxman told Sportstar.

The Indian team led by Virat Kohli has already landed in Southampton and serving the mandatory quarantine period. Players have been sharing pictures of the Rose bowl which is visible from their hotel rooms attached to the stadium.

Kane Williamson-led New Zealand is currently playing the first of the two Tests against England at Lord’s and Laxman pointed out that the Kiwis will have the advantage as every team wants to have match practice when they play overseas.

“Well, theoretically, that’s an advantage for New Zealand, because whenever you play any Test match in overseas conditions, you at least would like to play one – if not two – (practice) matches before the main match. There’s no doubt it helps you to get acclimatized to the conditions. That’s always been the norm for so many years.

“Especially for the batsmen, it will take time to get used to the new conditions. So, theoretically, New Zealand has the advantage.

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