ICC WTC Final, IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli-led India’s long tour of England will begin with the ICC World Test Championship Final against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand on June 18. While India is known for its batting depth, in recent years, bowlers, especially pacers have done brilliantly in overseas condition. But despite the records and success in the bag, pacer Umesh Yadav believes Williamson could still be a factor in seam-friendly conditions in Southampton.
Umesh Yadav said it would be important to dismiss Kane Williamson early to benefit the team. If he stays on the wicket for long, he could make bowlers’ lives difficult. Umesh further praised his batting, saying the Kiwi captain does not have many weaknesses that bowlers could exploit.
ICC WTC Final, IND vs NZ: “We do have a fair idea about Kane’s game, though I don’t think he has too many weaknesses. Of course, any quality batsman can fall to a good delivery, so as a fast bowler, you should look to stick to your strong points and bowl more of those balls which can fetch you wickets. And yes, we need to get Kane out as early as possible as that’ll surely benefit the team,” Umesh Yadav told the Telegraph.
However, it’s not all about Kane Williamson though. With Devon Conway in good form and a deep batting lineup that includes Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls besides Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson, who can contribute with the bat as well.
ICC WTC Final, IND vs NZ: While India will have its best Test bowling line-up including Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, besides spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel, they will need to be cautious about NZ’s batting depth. India’ abysmal performance in the New Zealand Test series will be a good lesson that India can learn from as they lost both matches.
“New Zealand are a strong side, they bat deep and their pacers are quite experienced and lethal. So it will be a tough game. English conditions are also a big challenge for us and so is playing against a team like New Zealand,” Umesh Yadav said.
“But being Test players, we need to play with discipline and make sure we remain disciplined right throughout in all aspects of the game. The team that maintains such discipline in each and every session will prevail,” Umesh Yadav added.