Terming the role of Cheteshwar Pujara in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand as important, former India wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel expressed hope that the Indian team’s number three batsman will be in this historic match. Will be able to score the most runs in
The WTC Final will be played between India and New Zealand in Southampton from June 18 and Parthiv feels that Pujara in batting and Mohammed Shami in bowling will prove to be important for the Indian team.
Parthiv said in Star Sports’ program
Parthiv, who has played 25 Tests and 38 ODIs for India, hopes that Virat Kohli’s team will be able to win the final on the strength of a strong bowling attack with a strong batting order.
He said, ‘Keeping cricketia arguments aside, I will support India to win this Test match. I think Mohammed Shami’s role will be crucial in the Indian bowling attack. He has done really well in all conditions.
Two other former India cricketers Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar and New Zealand’s Scott Styris, however, called the Kiwi team a contender for victory.
Pathan said, ‘WTC Final is the biggest Test match ever. I think New Zealand will be in a position of 55-45 advantage. With that I think Kane Williamson will score the most runs while either Trent Boult or Shami will take the most wickets.
Agarkar said, ‘It is difficult to say who will win the match but New Zealand will start as a contender in this match. As far as the highest run-scorer is concerned, I will take the name of Virat Kohli.
Styris predicted that New Zealand could win the match by six wickets on the back of Devon Conway and Boult, who made their recent Test debut against England.
He said, ‘I think New Zealand will win this match by six wickets. Devon Conway will score the most runs and Boult will be able to get the most wickets.