World Test Championship final: Former New Zealand captain Glenn Turner pointed out that India batsmen struggled during their 2-0 defeat last year and that the BlackCaps will be able to trouble Virat Kohli’s men in the historic final in Southampton.

WTC Final: Glenn Turner backs New Zealand to trouble India in English conditions (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli struggled, managing just 41 runs on India’s tour of New Zealand in 2020
  • Glenn Turner believes India batsmen will find it hard if it swings in Southampton
  • India take on New Zealand in the WTC final from June 18

Former New Zealand captain Glenn Turner has said India batsmen, including their captain Virat Kohli, will struggle in the World Test Championship final if the conditions in Southampton favour swing and seam. Turner said India batsmen found it hard to negate the New Zealand pacers during their trip to New Zealand last year and it might not be very different if the conditions are similar.

India take on New Zealand in the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. India are heading to the final on the back of emphatic series wins against England at home and Australia in Australia.

However, India were whitewashed 2-0 when they toured New Zealand in 2020. The World No. 1 Test side managed to get past 200 only once in 4 innings with their captain managing just 41 runs in 2 Tests. The likes of Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee and Trent Boult made life difficult for India batsmen in conditions that favoured New Zealand.

Turner, speaking to The Telegraph, pointed out that conditions in England are similar to New Zealand and that will give Kane Williamson’s men the edge in the WTC final.

“I don’t wish to speculate on whether Kohli’s reflexes have deteriorated. But if the pitch and overall conditions favour seam and swing, he is also likely to struggle along with others as was demonstrated in New Zealand,” Turner said.

“Once again, conditions are going to be pivotal. I think it is true to say that the home conditions, where batsmen are brought up, play a significant part in the technique and skills of a player,” he added.

“Although it seems that in more recent times, pitches in India can assist seam bowling, they still can’t be compared to conditions in New Zealand. This was exposed when India last toured New Zealand.

“English conditions are generally closer to those in New Zealand.”

New Zealand will head into the WTC final with added advantage as they play 2 Tests against England. Kane Williamson’s men dominated the first Test at Lord’s before it ended in a draw on Sunday.

On the other hand, India players, who arrived in Southampton on June 3, are in managed isolation. They will not have match practice before the big final.

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