Former India player Ajit Agarkar believes that India will have a task in the upcoming World Cup final against New Zealand, which boasts a powerful tempo attack, ready to thrive in familiar English conditions. The long-awaited match is to be held in Southampton from June 18 to 22.
Speaking on Star Sports GAME PLAN, Agarkar highlighted the challenges India may face against the Kiwis.
“This (New Zealand tempo attack) is certainly very diverse. I mean, it’s because you’re looking at someone like (Kyle) Jamieson, who is a tall man and will be a different challenge,” Agarcar said.
“Both Bult and Southey will bow, a delivery comes to you, a delivery moves away from you like a right hand. And then (Neil) Wagner, when nothing happens, and you know, everything seems flat, he comes and he does something and he does it regularly. So the challenges are a little different. “
Agarcar is aware that the conditions in the Ageas Bowl will be more familiar to New Zealanders.
“Also, what works in their favor is the condition, because you play in England, it’s almost like what you get in New Zealand. So it’s a little easier with that Duke ball swinging around. So the challenges are many.
“Moreover, India has not had a cricket test lately, nor a cricket test away from home after the tour in Australia. Australian conditions are completely different. So this is the biggest challenge. And so I feel that the preparation (there is ) has to be the key, “he said.
India recorded incredible triumphs from the Test series, both in Australia and against England at home, stamping their authority as one of the best countries in the world at the moment.
Given their performance in recent years, Agarkar said India’s strength lies in its ability to win with different players.
“I think a few things, resilience or just faith in your abilities or in your own team. Look at the series in England at home, we expected India to win. Yes, the conditions match their (India) wicket or their spin bowling but they lost the first “They came back and beat England really well in the next three tests,” said Agarkar.
“Look at Australia (series), they (India) lost the first test, lost by 36 – lost the host to the players from your first team, whether this is your best scourge in the team Virat Kohli, your best bowling team, Mohammad Shami, such losses.
“By the end of the series you had bowling Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Mohammad Siraj against a full Australian team and still managed to find a way to win in these situations. So, the depth in this team – although there was not much experience – the boys who came in , they had enough faith that they could show up. That was the strength of India. ”