The countdown for the World Test Championship has begun as India and New Zealand are set to face each other in the final clash at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton from June 18 to June 22.
Currently ranked at No. 2 in the ICC Test rankings, India have been touted as the favorites to win the contest by many cricketers and experts owing to their brilliant run in the longest format over the last few years.
Although, some also rate New Zealand above India given they have had to the opportunity to get into the groove after facing England recently in those conditions. However, former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar does not feel that the Kiwis will have any edge going into the title clash.
“It’s even-stevens in my view because both the teams are well balanced. There are some who think New Zealand has the advantage of being match-ready (after their 1-0 series win in England). But then India will be match-hungry and fresh and eager to get on the ground after a month of inaction. India have more impact players with both bat and ball and they should win this game,” Gavaskar quoted by The Times of India.
“India did have problems in New Zealand but unless the weather is wet and cold, they should be able to counter swing and movement in England,” he added.
The 71-year-old further said that playing against England so recently might be double-edged sword for Kane Williamson and his men. “This could be a double-edged sword. With only three days between the second Test (against England) and the WTC Final, some of their older players could have a niggle or two and that can hamper their performance,” Gavaskar signed off.