Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes New Zealand will hold the lead over India in the World Cup final if conditions are conducive to the rhythm of the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
It is currently rainy and cold in the United Kingdom, and if it remains so for the WTC final on June 18, it will be an advantage for New Zealand, Panesar said.
“There’s a lot of rain around right now. If the weather stays that way, it’s going to be an interesting battle between Indian and New Zealand sailors. The New Zealand batsman also plays a moving ball better than Indian batsmen.
“So, it would be quite interesting to see if the ball swings and moves at some point during the test match, how Indian batsmen oppose it compared to New Zealand,” Panesar told PTI by phone from Great Britain.
However, if it is nice and sunny in the port city of Southampton, then the conditions will be more in line with India, said the former left-handed spinner. Panesar also expects the ICC to prepare a neutral door, not a green top, as the WTC should be a good advertisement for the five-day game.
“They have a great drainage system in the Ageas Bowl. You usually see nice nice hot weather. We hope the game lasts for four to five days,” he said.
“On this basis, you are looking at two spinners (Ashwin and Jadea) from India and three seamstresses. If the weather is clear, then India becomes the favorite. So a lot depends on the conditions.”
The Indian team will arrive in the UK on June 2 and will have a little more than 10 days to train.
New Zealand, on the other hand, played two tests against England before the WTC final and many see it as a big advantage, but Panesar believes it could be a double-edged sword.
“If New Zealand do well in the next two test matches, then momentum will benefit them against India. But if England can beat them, suddenly they will be of low confidence and it is a good time for India to come, “he said.
“James Anderson and Stuart Broad are usually very efficient at this time of year, but England chose the B team (for the NZ series) in the absence of some key players, so we’ll see.”
However, Panesar feels, although he does not get enough time to prepare, India is convinced to win from any situation after the triumph in Australia.
“If you said that the WTC final is in a week, I would choose India because they played much harder cricket. The team probably believes they can win from any situation while New Zealand has played good cricket, but not Really I didn’t have hard victories like India.
“What really makes a top team is when you win from really difficult and difficult situations.”
The tour in Australia showed the depth of India and the upcoming series against New Zealand will give a good account of England’s talent in the absence of Joss Butler, Joffra Archer, Ben Stokes, Mouen Ali, Sam Quran and Johnny Beirstov.
“You saw the depth of Indian cricket in Australia, now you will see the depth of cricket in England. Where does the team stand if Joe Koren does not score? Who gets stronger if Broad and Anderson run away? So, there are many questions that need to be answered. “
Five tests between India and England follow the WTC final and Panesar predicts a 5-0 victory for the guests. “The series is in August, it will be nice and hot, the gates will be dry. If there was another way, I would say England. This time of year is favorable for India,” added Panesar.
India last won a trial series in England in 2007.