Former player of India and coach of cotton and spin IPL by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the past two years, Sridharan Sriram said New Zealand was well acclimatized when they entered the World Cup final against India in Southampton and this helped them win the title.
The 45-year-old Sriram, who also works with Australia’s top players as their manager, believes that the Indian team, in contrast, has experienced a lot in the last year, moving from one biosafety environment to another, continuing to meet domestic and international commitments.
“It was a close test match. I think New Zealand is adapting to the conditions better. Having said that, New Zealand played two tests in England before the WTC final. They were already well acclimatized,” Sriram told cricketnext in an interview. in Tuesday .
Days before you take Virat KohliIndia, New Zealand played a tough series of two tests against hosts England, winning 1-0.
“Not many people can notice the journey that the Indian team has gone through in the last year or so. From IPL 2020 in Dubai, they went straight to Australia to be in a bubble for three to four months; returned home for five days and went to the home series against England to be in a bubble for two months, then go straight to a balloon IPL 2021, and now after a 14-day quarantine in Mumbai, go to England for the final of the WTC and then a series of five tests for about six weeks. “
Sriram said New Zealand cricketers are happy to be able to continue training and play home cricket, as there are not many Covid-19 cases in their country.
“What the Indian team has experienced in the last 12 months is very difficult. Even the Australian players, the way back from the IPL, had to quarantine in the Maldives and go to Australia and not see the sunlight for the first 14 days is quite difficult.
“On the other hand, New Zealand was more lucky because there weren’t many Covid cases in their country. They were free, they played outdoors, they trained, they played their domestic tournament, they went to England and they played two test matches before the WTC final. “Their preparation leading up to the end of the test was much more perfect. Having said that, this is no excuse for India.”
Regarding the appearance of New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson as the top fast bowler for his country during the WTC final, Sriram, who worked with the top cricketer at RCB, said: was a bowling alley whose length was much shorter and adapted well in the WTC final.
“From what I saw about him on IPL, to how he bowled in England, his lengths were phenomenal. His ability to swing and bounce from that height, the way he adapted to length, was phenomenal. He was one who barely hit the stumps. Now he’s focused on the stumps, “Sriram added.