Even world-class players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma could be harmed by a lack of match practice: Dilip Vengsarkar
Virat Kohli is unconcerned about a lack of match preparation ahead of the World Test Championship final, but the legendary Dilip Vengsarkar believes it “may damage” the Indian captain. India’s Kohli-led team arrived in England on Thursday and began a three-day quarantine in Southampton, the site of the much-anticipated match on June 18. New Zealand, on the other hand, is in the middle of a two-Test series against England, with the first set to end on Sunday. Kohli and Rohit are in excellent form, according to Vengsarkar, but a lack of competitive time in the middle may hinder their performance, at least in the tour-opening WTC final.
“Well, he’s been around for a long time (Kohli). He (Kohli) is currently one of the top batsmen in the world of cricket. Players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are world-class athletes who take great delight in their accomplishments and in winning matches for India “Former head of selectors Vengsarkar explained.
“It’s a good thing, and both of them are in excellent shape. But, having said that, I believe their lack of match experience would affect them in the first Test match “Vengsarkar expressed his thoughts.
New Zealand, according to Vengsarkar, may have a tiny competitive advantage because they are already in the zone.
“India is a stronger team that is in excellent form. The advantage with New Zealand is that they are a low-profile team, and they will be able to play two Test matches before the World Test Championship final “Vengsarkar expressed his thoughts.
“So it is vital… New Zealand has a tiny advantage… since they have already played two Test matches before they start (the WTC final), they are acclimatized to the circumstances,” Vengsarkar believes.
“In my opinion, India should have played games, you know, matches, at least two or three games before the Test match (WTC) to get used to the conditions.”
Even the bowlers, according to the former captain, should have had some practice before the game.
“Playing matches and spending time in the middle is recommended for both batsmen and bowlers. You may have net practice, and you may be familiar with match stimulus, but playing a match in the middle and spending time in the middle always helps when you play the big game “I have three-century at Lord’s,” stated the former batsman.
Kohli had stated during the pre-departure press conference prior to the WTC final and the five-Test series against hosts England that a lack of preparation was not an issue because practically all of the players on the team had previously played here.
“…in the past, we’ve flown at places three days in advance, even on a regular timetable, and we’ve had a hell of a series and hell of a competition, so it’s all in the head,” he remarked.