WATCH: India and New Zealand players pick their favourite venues in Test cricket ahead of WTC final

Just a few hours later, India and New Zealand will enter the Rose Bowl ground in Southampton to face each other in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final. Both teams are prepared for the final battle, which the whole world would be focusing on. Ahead of the summit clash, players of both India…

WATCH: India and New Zealand players pick their favourite venues in Test cricket ahead of WTC final

Just a few hours later, India and New Zealand will enter the Rose Bowl ground in Southampton to face each other in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final. Both teams are prepared for the final battle, which the whole world would be focusing on.

Ahead of the summit clash, players of both India and New Zealand took part in a fun segment where they were asked to name their favourite cricket stadiums in the world. The official Twitter handle of ICC shared the video on Twitter, where the superstars can be seen revealing their favourite grounds. It was also well-received by fans, who flooded the comments section with their well-wishes to both teams.

The video features stars like Ravichandran Ashwin, Shubman Gill, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah and few others.

Team India’s young sensation Shubman Gill was also spotted in the video revealing his favourite Test cricket venue in the world. He picked the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) as his most loved stadium because he made his Test debut there.

“The Test matches I have played, like all the seven Test matches, if I have to go through that, it has to be my debut in MCG. It has to be my favourite venue till now,” said Shubman.

New Zealand’s veteran pacer Tim Southee expressed that Lords Cricket Ground is his favourite, stating that he always enjoys bowling at Lords.

“Lord’s. Just the history behind it and just turning up in Lord’s and somewhere that’s a very special place to play. Played there a few times, and it’s somewhere where we always enjoy,” said Southee.

Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah picked Johannesburg and said: “Johannesburg. I just played one game over there, and I would like to play more games over there.”

Senior Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin named his home ground MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai as his favourite ground. But he also picked MCG, stating that it’s always special to play in Melbourne.

“It has to be my home ground, Chennai. Have played all my cricket there, so one of those venues,” said Ashwin

“And I think it’s quite special to play at MCG. Something about it, I can’t really put a finger and say what it is. My first away Test was also at MCG back in 2011, so could be that, but I quite enjoy playing there. It’s like a theatrical feeling,” he added.

Explosive Indian batter Rishabh Pant picked Sydney Cricket Ground as his most loved venue. Pant asserted that he scored a brilliant hundred at SCG in 2018, and it was one of his finest memory of Test cricket.

“My favourite venue is SGC in Australia. I scored 159 not out when we played in 2018. That was my one of the finest memory of Test cricket,” said Pant.

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Deep Dasgupta Advised Indian Batsmen On How To Approach The Conditions In England

The cricketer-turned-commentator Deep Dasgupta has a piece of advice for Indian batsmen in a bid to deliver better in English conditions when India will take on New Zealand in the much-awaited WTC Final kick-starting on June 18. Former India player Deep Dasgupta has taken a rather different route and has given a detailed plan to India’s batters to tackle the seam and swing conditions and also New Zealand’s pace bowling attack, while many experts and critics have picked their playing XI for the WTC Final or talked about the favourites between the two teams India and New Zealand in the

Deep Dasgupta Advised Indian Batsmen On How To Approach The Conditions In England

The cricketer-turned-commentator Deep Dasgupta has a piece of advice for Indian batsmen in a bid to deliver better in English conditions when India will take on New Zealand in the much-awaited WTC Final kick-starting on June 18.

Former India player Deep Dasgupta has taken a rather different route and has given a detailed plan to India’s batters to tackle the seam and swing conditions and also New Zealand’s pace bowling attack, while many experts and critics have picked their playing XI for the WTC Final or talked about the favourites between the two teams India and New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Deep Dasgupta: Indian Batsmen Need To Keep Clarity Of Thought In Mind First

India’s struggles when facing the swinging ball are well documented and the Indian team also struggled to come to terms with it during their sole series loss in the WTC cycle against New Zealand in 2020. Many experts in the cricket fraternity fear that the possibility of it repeating will be higher considering the England conditions, which generally assist fast bowlers.

“The first thing Indian batsmen need to keep in mind is their clarity of thought. People advise you to play your natural game, and I completely agree with that. Your natural game provides a basic structure to your game. Rohit Sharma’s most productive shot is his cut or pulls off the back foot. That doesn’t mean you need to hit every ball if attacking is your natural game,” Dasgupta explained.

Tim Southee
Tim Southee. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, the cricketer-turned-commentator advised how to approach these conditions when the marquee clash begins on June 18. New Zealand is the only team to beat India in the WTC. The Kiwi pace attack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner has time and again displayed its ability to extract any purchase from the pitch and would be raring to do the same at Southampton.

Deep Dasgupta: Rohit Sharma Has Tried To Stay Away From Driving The Ball

The former India wicketkeeper-batter also discussed how approaches his batting even before the ball is bowled. Generally, Rohit Sharma is known to play pulls and cuts pretty efficiently but prefers staying away from the drives early in his innings.

Deep Dasgupta feels clarity of thought process is essential while tackling bowlers in the seam and swing-friendly conditions. Rohit Sharma has amassed 1030 runs in 11 Tests averaging 64.37 in the WTC cycle of 2019-21.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

“Rohit Sharma has consciously tried to stay away from driving the ball. He depends on the pull and cut shots. If you get a short-pitched ball, you have to go for it because you have to score runs at the end of the day.

But if you aren’t getting the ball in your slot, you have to be very clear in your thought process and game plan that you will not play a shot. If a drive is not part of your game plan, unless it is a half volley or full toss, stick with it. That clarity of thought is very important,” Deep Dasgupta continued.

Apart from the game plan, Deep Dasgupta further mentioned defence and respecting the conditions as his three major points for the Indian batters to tackle the England conditions. Deep Dasgupta believes Ishant Sharma, who picked up three wickets in the intra-squad game, must get a nod ahead of Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj because of his experience.

Ishant Sharma(3/36) shone with the ball in the ongoing intra-squad practice match in before the WTC final. Openers Shubman Gill (85 off 135 balls) and Rishabh Pant (121* off 94 balls) shone with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja scored an unbeaten 54 off 76 balls in India’s intra-squad practice match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Deep Dasgupta’s playing XI for WTC final:

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

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