WTC Final: We’ve Got Everything Covered, It Should Be India All The Way, Says Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad opined that India now has a third or a fourth seamer who can maintain pressure built by the new ball bowlers. Former Indian bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad feels that Virat Kohli’s team India has all bases covered to take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the upcoming World Test Championship Final on Friday. A lot has been talked about the advantage Kane Williamson-led New Zealand would have after playing two Tests against England, ahead of the WTC final. Venkatesh Prasad: India Has Got A Lot Of Options In Both Batting And Bowling As Their Bench Is Also Very

WTC Final: We’ve Got Everything Covered, It Should Be India All The Way, Says Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad opined that India now has a third or a fourth seamer who can maintain pressure built by the new ball bowlers. Former Indian bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad feels that Virat Kohli’s team India has all bases covered to take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the upcoming World Test Championship Final on Friday.

A lot has been talked about the advantage Kane Williamson-led New Zealand would have after playing two Tests against England, ahead of the WTC final.

Venkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: PTI)

Venkatesh Prasad: India Has Got A Lot Of Options In Both Batting And Bowling As Their Bench Is Also Very Strong

However, Venkatesh Prasad believes there is enough firepower in Team India’s arsenal to win the inaugural title. While speaking in an interview with news agency PTI, Venkatesh Prasad opined that India now has a third or a fourth seamer who can maintain pressure built by the new ball bowlers. At the same time, he feels the team has the batting to put 350 runs on the board irrespective of the conditions.

“Two best teams are playing the final. India has got a lot of options as their bench is also very strong. Be it a batting or seaming track, India has got the upper hand for the simple reason: In the early 90s and later 2000s, there will be two good seamers but the team did have not a third or fourth option.

“Now the squad has got the strength of that and a couple of very good all-rounders. We always had world-class spinners but now we also have a world-class pace attack,” Prasad told PTI.

Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav. Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI

“And we also have the batting to 350 runs on the board. Now we have got everything covered. It doesn’t matter what sort of a pitch it would be. It should be India all the way,” he added.

Four days ahead of the ICC World Test Championship Final against New Zealand in Southampton, Virat Kohli & Coach Ravi Shastri has almost settled their bowling combination. The talks about India playing 4 pacers in Southampton can be put to rest. It is learned that instead team India will play 3 pacers & 2 spin bowler combinations against New Zealand.

Though the team management agrees that pitch and the English conditions will suit seamers more, India wants to play on their strength and will draft 2 spinners in form of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in the XI.

As for pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will become an automatic choice in English conditions with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur fighting for the third pacer slot. Umesh Yadav remains out of contention as of now.

Venkatesh Prasad Hopes The WTC Final Goes To The 5th Day

The former Indian pacer, who formed the new ball pairing alongside the great Javagal Srinath in his heydays, expects India to dominate the WTC Final from June 18 onwards. Venkatesh Prasad said he rather not pay too much attention to the opposition’s strengths.

“I hope to see the game go to the fifth day. Especially in India, we didn’t see it go beyond the third or fourth day. It should reach day five but in English conditions, the Dukes ball does something more often than not. The batsmen will have to adapt quickly and the bowlers will need to figure out the end which is more suited to them,” Venkatesh Prasad said.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj

While having Ishant Sharma is a must in Australia for his height and the bounce he generates, in England, Virat Kohli may opt for a little more variety and bring in Mohammed Siraj.

The Hyderabad-based pacer has done wonders in the last few months. He has troubled England batsmen on lifeless Indian pitches while bowling match-winning figures in Australia as he spearheaded the pace attack and was India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps.

However, the fact that has a lot of experience in bowling in England and that he was the last tour’s top wicket-taker 18 scalps could get him the nod.

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Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer in the recently-concluded three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Woman All-rounder Kathryn Bryce is the first player from Scotland – male or female – to make it to the top 10 of the batting or bowling lists in the ICC Player Rankings. Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and Scotland all-rounder Kathryn Bryce have been named the ICC Players of the Months respectively male and female for May 2021. Both cricketers have received the awards following exemplary performances for their teams recently. Mushfiqur Rahim Has Not Lost His Appetite For Run Making: VVS Laxman Mushfiqur Rahim was

Mushfiqur Rahim And Kathryn Bryce Named ICC Players Of May 2021

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer in the recently-concluded three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Woman All-rounder Kathryn Bryce is the first player from Scotland – male or female – to make it to the top 10 of the batting or bowling lists in the ICC Player Rankings.

Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and Scotland all-rounder Kathryn Bryce have been named the ICC Players of the Months respectively male and female for May 2021. Both cricketers have received the awards following exemplary performances for their teams recently.

Mushfiqur Rahim (L), Kathryn Bryce (R) voted ICC Players of the Month for May 2021(HT Collage)

Mushfiqur Rahim Has Not Lost His Appetite For Run Making: VVS Laxman

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer in the recently-concluded 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at home. He scored 237 runs in the three matches and helped Bangladesh win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka by scoring 125 in the second ODI.

Commenting on Rahim’s performance in May, VVS Laxman representing the ICC Voting Academy added: “Even after 15 years at the highest level, Mushfiqur has not lost his appetite for run-making.

“He was at his imperious best in the one-day series at home against Sri Lanka, a picture of consistency with the highlight being 125 in the second match which helped his side secure a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.”

Mushfiqur Rahim scored 237 runs in 3 ODIs against Sri Lanka with the top score of 125
Mushfiqur Rahim scored 237 runs in 3 ODIs against Sri Lanka with the top score of 125

“What made his feat even more notable was that it was Bangladesh’s first-ever ODI series triumph against the 1996 World Cup champions. To shore up the middle order and don the wicket-keeping gloves speaks volumes of his fitness and skills,” he added.

Mushfiqur Rahim has chosen to skip the T20I series during the Zimbabwe visit one month from now. He has informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board about his choice. This is the first run through Mushfiqur Rahim has requested a break in his international vocation up from when he has been injured. Since making his first appearance in 2005, he has addressed Bangladesh in 74 Tests, 227 ODIs, and 86 T20I games.

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All-rounder Kathryn Bryce is the first player from Scotland – male or female – to make it to the top 10 of the batting or bowling lists in the ICC Player Rankings released recently. Kathryn Bryce played four T20Is against Ireland where she scored 96 runs and took 5 wickets with an economy rate of 4.76 in the month of May.

Commenting on Kathryn’s performance in May, Ramiz Raja representing the ICC Voting Academy said, “Kathryn’s all-round game came through in a series that her team lost. She batted with flair and bowled well too and deserved to be the player of the month for May.”

Kathryn Bryce - ICC Women's Player of the Month for May 2021
Kathryn Bryce – ICC Women’s Player of the Month for May 2021

The three nominees for both categories were shortlisted based on on-field performances and overall achievements during the month (the first to the last day of each calendar month).

The shortlist is then voted on by the independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world. The ICC Voting Academy comprises prominent members of the cricket family including senior journalists, former players, broadcasters, and members of the ICC Hall of Fame.

The Voting Academy submit their votes by email and retain a 90 per cent share of the vote. Additionally, fans registered with the ICC are able to vote via the ICC website once the shortlisted players are announced and have a 10 per cent share of the vote. Winners are announced every second Monday of the month via the ICC’s digital channels.

The ICC Player of the Month is a monthly award presented since January 2021 by the International Cricket Council to recognize cricketers, male and female, that have best performed across all forms of international cricket. Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, and have been previous recipients.

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