New Delhi. The bowlers of the Indian team believe that reaching the final of the World Test Championship (WTC Final) is the result of two years of hard work and never giving up and the team will play against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18 to 22. Will put his full strength for it. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin told bcci.tv (official website of the Indian Cricket Board) that the New Zealand team will benefit from playing two Test matches against England before this match, but the Indian team will have to adjust to the conditions to deal with this challenge. Will have to sit
Fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma compared it to the ODI World Cup and said that the team will have to give 110 percent. Ashwin said on New Zealand’s tour of England, ‘I hope that the New Zealand team will come to us with a well planned and excellent preparation. He has definitely benefited after playing two Tests so we have to adapt to that.
WTC Final is as big as the ODI World Cup
Describing the journey of the last two years for the WTC as emotional, the only player in the team to have experience of 100 Test matches, Ishant said that the team’s arrival here in the changed circumstances due to Kovid-19 is the result of a great effort. “It has been a very emotional journey, this is an ICC tournament that is as big as the 50-over World Cup final. He said, ‘Virat has said earlier also that this is not the result of one month but two years of continuous hard work. We were under pressure after the change in rules due to Kovid-19, we had to work very hard. Had to win 3-1 (or 2-0) against England. Shami said that after the Adelaide Test in Australia, the way the team performed in the absence of experienced bowlers is commendable. He said, ‘Now it is about giving my 110 per cent. It is like our last attempt after two years of hard work. It is necessary that we make a double effort in this. He said, ‘The best moment for us came in Australia, in the absence of senior bowlers, the youngsters did a great job. It is also a learning process and it gives confidence. He set a standard.
Ishant also seemed to agree with Shami. He said, ‘After that tour, there was a belief in the team that we can come back from any situation. It was a moment to take Indian cricket to the next level. I was not a part of that series but got a lot of confidence from it.
WTC has increased the importance of the test: Ashwin
Ashwin said that the importance of Test cricket has increased with the WTC and he would like to play more Tests at neutral venues. He said, ‘In all these years we have never played a Test at a neutral venue. The conditions will be almost the same for both the teams. Shami supported Ashwin’s views, saying that the role of weather in England will be very important. He said, ‘Both teams will play on foreign soil, it will be a good match and neither team will get the benefit of the home environment.’
‘The weather is most important in England’
Ashwin said, ‘When you talk about the conditions in England, it is said that ‘the conditions (weather) are the most important’. It is sometimes jokingly said that in England, instead of covering the ground, you should think about covering the clouds. Ishant said that one has to bowl differently here. He said, ‘In India, the ball gets old quickly and gets reverse swing but here the ball has to be tapped forward to swing. He said, ‘Someone has to take the responsibility of maintaining the shine of the ball. If it is done properly then it will help the fast bowlers.