With the first final of the World Test Championship (WTC) less than a month away, former England spinner Monty Panesar has backed India to win the much-anticipated race in Southampton.
While the New Zealand country has already arrived in the UK for its series of two tests against England, the Indian contingent is expected to arrive in the first week of June.
The WTC final, to be played on June 18 at the Ageas Bowl, will be a repeat of the semifinals of the 2019 World Cup, where New Zealand recorded an 18-time victory in a rainy match against India.
In an exclusive interaction with India TV, Panesar said this They grow kohliThe Indian camp can lift the WTC trophy and also register a 5-0 clean break against England in the next series of tests. As the weather was warm in August, Panesar also considered India by placing two spinners in Playing XI.
“I think India is having the best time. When the weather is warm in August, they can even play with two spinners in English conditions. The current Indian team has the potential to beat England 5-0. After the withdrawal of Alastair Cook, “The English top warrant did not seem credible. If India manages to register a clean test, it will be their biggest victory abroad in the series,” said Panesar.
“Spinners will also play a decisive role in the WTC final in Southampton. We will have to see how the ICC prepares the ground for the event. For the test series England will obviously go green. But for the WTC final, I think the ICC should prepare a neutral This will be the perfect advertisement for the WTC if the final covers 4 or 5 days, “he added.
“For me Ravindra Jadeja will be an X-Factor. He was in great shape in the IPL. If India decides to go with just one spinner, I will go with Jadeja instead of R Ashwin as a bowling option. Defensive bowling skill and that is left-wing military, gives him supremacy, “Panesar said.
While the inaugural WTC will be played from June 18-22, the England series will start in Nottingham (August 4-8) and will be followed by matches at Lord’s (August 12-16), Leeds (August 25-29), Oval -6 September) and Manchester (10-14 September).