The Virat Kohli-led Indian team will face off against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in Southampton next month. After the cracking encounter, India will also be playing a five-match Test series against Joe Root-led England.
Root’s England will be eager to avenge the loss they suffered at the hands of the Indian team earlier this year. With home conditions in their favour, India may have a tough task in hand.
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Kohli has often spoken about his first trip to England which he has called the worst phase of his career. Kohli’s lack-lustrous performance in England in 2014 can be attested by the stats. In 5 Tests, Kohli had scored just 135 runs at an average of 13.40.
But he had a better outcome during his 2nd trip to England in 2018 where he finished as the leading run-scorer in the series with 593 runs in 5 matches at an average of 59.30. And now ahead of the series, former England bowler Monty Panesar believes that India captain is going to repeat the same feat in the series as well.
On being asked about the battle between Kohli and England pacer James Anderson, Panesar told Indiatoday.in: “Oh, it will be a treat to watch. Two greats of the game going against each other in the toughest format of the game. The battle will be intense.”
“(I) believe Kohli will again have a great series and will end up the highest run-getter,” Panesar further added.
Speaking on WTC final, Panesar said that the conditions might dictate which team gets the advantage in the summit clash.
“If there will be an overcast condition then Kane Willamson-led New Zealand will have an upper edge, but at the same time the Ageas Bowl has a great drainage system, and if weather permits and the game went on to Day four or five, India would have a great chance to win the championship,” Panesar said.
“What I see, ICC would love to see the final going into the final day. I doubt it will be a green top,” he signed off.