ICC WTC Final: Virat Kohli will not be under pressure alone, feels Axar Patel – Team India spinner Axar Patel, who booked his slot in the Indian team for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand with an incredible perfomance in the debut series against England, feels that India captain Virat Kohli will not be under pressure as there are many players who can perform in the final. Axar is in quarantine with other players in Mumbai and will leave for England on June 2.
“If you see this Indian cricket team, there is Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajnkya Rahane, and we have Rishabh Pant. The way these players have been in a rich vein of form lately, I don’t think Virat would be having the pressure alone,” Axar Patel said.
ICC WTC Final: “Our team had won the Test series in Australia when Virat wasn’t there. During the England series, Kohli got out early in a few innings but then Pant and Washington Sundar came up and performed. Rohit scored a couple of centuries as well. The spinners have also started batting down the order,” Axar told India TV.
Axar who is gearing up for 5-match Test series against England and WTC final had a dream debut series against England. Where he picked 27 wickets in three matches at an average of 10.59. He picked four five-wicket hauls in the series.
ICC WTC Final: He also pointed out that the youngsters are capable of delivering under pressure. He recalled the Test series in Australia when captain Virat Kohli was not there.
“You see how Shardul Thakur and Sundar made a partnership in Australia. And when you bat in England, you don’t chase big totals like 400 or 50. The total is around 300 or 250. So, that’s where the lower-order partnerships are important,” he added.
ICC WTC Final: “When you have the likes of Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane and Pant in the top order and even if two out of five batters get out early, you know the rest three can do the job. So, I think, this Indian team has that quality. It doesn’t depend on just one player. Everyone contributes equally. If openers don’t click, the middle-order performs. And if both the departments fail to score, lower-order provides the results. That’s the kind of teamwork and it’s our strength,” Axar Patel concluded.
The final of the World Test Championship will be played at Southampton between Kohli’s Team India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand on June 18. Team India will leave for England on June 2 from Mumbai on a charter flight. The same flight will also carry Team India Women-led by Mithali Raj for the series against England.