Southampton: “If conditions in Southampton aid swing and seam bowling, Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be vulnerable against opposite team in the World Championship Final (WTC), ” said former New Zealand captain and coach Glenn Turner.
The former opener said, “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.”
He also said, “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… English conditions are generally closer to those in New Zealand. 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.”
India had visited New Zealand in 2020 for a series. They played two Test matches in which India lost both the tests. Kohli smashed just 38 runs in the whole series at an average of 9.5. In that tour, Mayank Agarwal was the only batsman who was best, scored with an average rate of 25.5 while Cheteshwar Pujara had an average of 25.
Earlier, on Sunday, former Australia pace bowler Brett Lee too had said New Zealand carry minor advantage due to conditions in England being similar to those in New Zealand.
In an interview with the international cricket Council (ICC) Lee had said, “I am thinking though with the experience of New Zealand because they have bowled in conditions which are similar back home, you talk about the ball moving around, you talk about something in the wicket, there will be a bit of something, it may be conducive to fast bowling, to swing bowling. So that is where I think that the Kiwis might have an advantage purely from that fact.”