Predictions and expert opinions have started pouring in as the countdown to the long-awaited World Trials Championship final between India and New Zealand has begun. After nearly two years of hard work, two cricket powers led by Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson respectively will go head-to-head to win the first Trophy of the Trial Championship at Southampton. Also read – Cricket: Rashid Khan on decline of Afghan captaincy T20, says “I’m better as a player than a leader”
Former Australian coach Brett Lee believes New Zealand could have an advantage over India as the Black Caps are more used to the conditions favorable to swing bowling. Lee also spoke in detail about the interesting subplot of the Battle at the Top which will see the clash of different styles of harbor master’s office. The Aussie believes what Kohli and Williamson bring to the table will be interesting to watch for cricket fans around the world. Also read – Cricket: Mohammed Siraj reveals Ravi Shastri’s pep talk that motivated him to stay in Australia after his father died
“Kane is much more conservative without being boring. He’s got a great cricket brain. I admire his level of calm. He’s a conservative captain, but he attacks when needed. Because he’s patient and it works for him and his team, ”the 44-year-old told the official ICC website. Also Read – WTC 2021 Final: Leaked Audio Clip of Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri Reveals Indian Team Strategy Against New Zealand; Hilarious conversation leaves fans apart
“… And you look at Kohli, he’s more of an aggressive captain. There is no right or wrong answer to these questions because I played with conservative captains and overly aggressive captains.
India and New Zealand will face each other from June 18 in the landmark clash for which the Indians landed in England on Thursday. New Zealand, meanwhile, are currently in a two-test series against hosts England.
“… I think it’s pretty even there. I am, however, thinking of the New Zealand experience because they played in similar conditions at home… ”added the tremendous pace.
“… It can be good for fast bowling, swing bowling. So this is where I think the Kiwis could have an advantage purely because of this.
“Now, from a batting perspective, both teams have batsmen who can play swing bowling. But I think it comes down to bowling. I think the best performing team will win the final.
“But it’s going to be a great opportunity to see which one is better because it’s different. So yeah, it’s going to be exciting to see who comes out on top!” He said.
The players know each other quite well thanks to the IPL. When asked if the friendship forged in the IPL, such as that between Indian Mumbai teammates Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah, could affect the intensity of the contest, Lee dismissed the suggestion.
“When you go out, it’s war. It’s a battle, and you are playing for your country. It won’t change.