ICC WTC Final, Ind vs NZ: R Ashwin declares, ‘Indian team will adapt quickly and perform like we did in Australia’- India ace spinner R Ashwin expects India to continue their top run in Test cricket and win the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand at Southampton starting June 18. He feels that the Indian team will quickly adapt to the conditions.
“Once we go there I think the Indian team will adapt quickly and perform like we did in Australia,” Ashwin told New Indian Express.
Ashwin is currently in 14-day mandatory quarantine along with Virat Kohli-led India squad at the team hotel in Mumbai.
However, the 34-year-old accepted that the fact that it will be a big challenge as the players have not practised for more than a week.
“We are at least another week to 10 days away from even practising for the first time. Most of the players have not played cricket since the IPL was called off. So, I think that is one of the biggest challenges,” he added.
Both Virat Kohli-led India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand have top players in their lineup but the English conditions are slightly in favour of Kiwis.
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Ashwin feels that cricketers have the ability to put smile on people’s faces even during these tough times.
“As players, one thing we all realised is that even amidst all this negativity, we were able to put a smile on people’s faces. We definitely understand that a lot of people are not being able to lead normal lives. But we realise that we can also put a smile on their faces, which is something that all cricketers can take pride in,” he signed off.
The BCCI had asked all the players to assemble in Mumbai and undergo mandatory quarantine before leaving for England for the ICC WTC Final and 5 Tests against England. Every player had to take three COVID-19 tests before joining the India squad. They will also undergo 10-day quarantine after reaching England. Both Men’s and Women’s tour will leave for the UK in the same chartered flight and will be in action for the next couple of months.
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