WTC Final: Irfan Pathan declares, ‘Virat Kohli will go for the win, he is an aggressive captain’: After days of halted action due to the unprecedented weather cards, the action picked up steam on Day 5 of the ongoing World Test Championship between Indian and New Zealand in Southampton. Even as the match still stands on the cusp with the majority second innings action to follow for both sides, cricketer turned commentator Irfan Pathan asserted with an assurance that Indian skipper Virat Kohli will go for a win.
There is no denying that Team India’s confidence on Day 6 (Reserve Day) onset will be sky high after their show with the ball yesterday. Analyzing the same, Indian veteran Irfan Pathan opined that the opening hour of Day 6 will be crucial where Indian skipper Virat Kohli would try consolidating before switching to his aggressive batting.
“Look, the first hour will be very crucial. We all know Virat Kohli is a very aggressive captain. He will always go for the kill, always go for the win. It’s also important to understand the situation, New Zealand are slightly ahead. But that one hour in the morning, if we don’t lose more than one wicket, then we will see that aggressive Kohli,” Irfan Pathan told Star Sports.
WTC Final: Pujara should put forth a show of resilience, feels Pathan
Even after a quick run-show from the Indian batsmen, the responsibility on the bowlers to jolt the New Zealand line-up will be heavy.
“Pujara will be crucial for the first hour. I see India playing at least 40 odd overs and trying to get as many as possible. If India can get somewhere close to 160-mark, and then they can get New Zealand batting and see if they can take early wickets,” he added
“But if you see, in this Test, the morning sessions have done a bit when it comes to fast bowling, the ball moving. So once you take that out, the game can be on.”
Pathan expresses the possibility of all three results but understands chances for India victory are very difficult.
“We have lost so many overs in the game, but still there could be a result. In fact, all 3 results are possible. There could be a win for New Zealand, a win for India which is very difficult, I understand, and a draw,” he added.
WTC Final: Sunil Gavaskar intuits of a draw match
Team India’s legendary player Sunil Gavaskar, however, predicted things on practical grounds. The veteran reckoned that India might not have enough time to bowl New Zealand out even if they set a target and declare on the Reserve Day.
In case this ultimate Test concludes in a draw or a tie, India and New Zealand will be adjudged as joint winners, sharing trophy and the prize money.
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