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WTC Final: “Lack of match practice” Dilip Vengsarkar Says

Lack of match practice before the World Test Championship final is not a big worry for Virat Kohli

India Squad Lead By Virat Kohli

The India squad, lead by Virat Kohli, arrived in England and began a three-day quarantine in Southampton, where the much-anticipated match would take place on June 18.

Lack Of Competitive Time

New Zealand, on the other hand, is playing England in a two-Test series, the first of which is set to end, Kohli and Rohit are in excellent form, according to Vengsarkar, but a lack of competitive time in the middle may hinder their performance, at least in the tour-opening WTC final.

” Well he (Kohli) has been around for a long time. He (Kohli) is one of the best batsmen in world cricket at the moment. Players like Virat or Rohit Sharma, they are world class players, they take a lot of pride in their performance and pride in winning matches for India.

“It is a good thing and both are in very good form. But having said that, I think lack of match practice may hurt them in the first Test match that is what I feel,”

“India is a better team and in great form. The advantage with New Zealand, it is a low profile team, the thing is that they are getting to play two Test matches before the Test match (World Test Championship final).

“So it is important… it is a slight advantage to New Zealand… because they have already played two Test matches before they start (of the WTC final), they are acclimatised to the conditions,” added Vengsarkar.

“What I feel is that India should have played games, you know matches, at least two-three games before the Test match (WTC), to get acclimatised to the conditions.”

Even the bowlers, according to the former captain, should have had some practice before the game

‘”It is advisable to play matches and spend time in the middle, both for batsmen as well as for bowlers. A match practice is ultimate, you may have net practice, you know a match stimulation, but playing a match in the middle and spending time in the middle always helps, when you play the big game,”

said the former batsman, who has three centuries at Lord’s.

Lack Of Preparation Was Not An Issue

Kohli had stated during the pre-departure press conference prior of the WTC final and the five-Test series against hosts England that a lack of preparation was not an issue because practically all of the players on the team had previously played here.

“…in the past we have landed in places three days prior even in a proper schedule and have had hell of series and hell of competition, so it is all in the head,” he said.

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