If the conditions favour swing, Virat Kohli is likely to struggle in WTC final: Glenn Turner
Glenn Turner also added that the conditions in England resemble those in New Zealand.
Updated - Jun 7, 2021 11:59 am
The World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand is something that the entire cricketing world is awaiting eagerly. The WTC final will commence on 18th June 2021 at Southampton.
Now, former New Zealand skipper Glenn Turner has opined that if the conditions favor swing and seam, then Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli is likely to struggle. Adding that the conditions in England will play a pivotal role, Turner opined that the conditions in which a batsman is brought up play a crucial role in his technique.
Turner also opined that even though the pitches in India have started favoring seam bowling, the conditions in New Zealand are totally different. Turner added that the conditions in England resemble those in New Zealand, and concluded by stating that the Indian side struggled when they toured New Zealand.
“I don’t wish to speculate on whether Kohli’s reflexes have deteriorated. But if the pitch and overall conditions favour seam and swing, he is also likely to struggle along with others as was demonstrated in New Zealand. Once again, conditions are going to be pivotal.
I think it is true to say that the home conditions, where batsmen are brought up, play a significant part in the technique and skills of a player. Although it seems that in more recent times, pitches in India can assist seam bowling, they still can’t be compared to conditions in New Zealand. This was exposed when India last toured New Zealand. English conditions are generally closer to those in New Zealand,” said Turner as quoted by The Telegraph.
New Zealand is currently involved in a Test series against England ahead of the WTC final
The New Zealand cricket team is currently playing a two-match Test series against England on England soil. The first Test between the two sides was played at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground and the match ended in a draw.
Devon Conway stole the show in the first Test for New Zealand, and scored a fantastic double century on Test match debut, and won the Player of the Match award. The second Test between the Kiwis and England will commence on 10th June 2021.