For Cheteshwar Pujara, the World Test Championship final starting on Friday offers a chance to become a world champion, which is not the case as he is not part of the teams limited to overs. “It’s as big as any other World Cup final from another genre,” said India No. 3. “If you qualify for the WTC finals, it means a lot to those who only play in the Tests.”
It will be a tough final in India where conditions in Southampton are expected to be much easier, and better for New Zealand. In the case of home searches, Kiwi throwers have used India in two Tests played in early 2020. Pajara, in an interview, said the team has learned from this defeat and will be ready for it. Quotes:
Does this last game have a different meaning for those in the team who only play Tests?
It is possible. There is a lot to play when it comes to Test cricket now. When you qualify for the WTC finals, it means a lot to those who only play Tests. Not just us, everyone in the group. And they understand the importance of Test cricket. It’s as big as any other World Cup, T20 or ODI final.
Can you look back on what was done in India to make the final?
It has been a difficult task for the past two years. As you can see, we played about 18 Tests. Many players have donated, both at home and on the go. You need to be consistent as a team, effort needs to be put in place at some point. In the mind it is not easy. This format requires a lot of discipline and discipline. To do that consistently – fame in the team. It has been a remarkable journey to reach the finals.
Does the last game played in the first half of England give New Zealand a chance?
In the final, a team that plays better and is committed to making its skills in five days will lift the trophy. So, I don’t see one team as favorites, because they are played in a neutral position. It will be a good competition. We also have advanced batting and bowling units.
Your review of New Zealand bowling attacks.
They have a good bowling line. We have strikers to deal with. With the knowledge that they have played with them in the past, we know the game plans they will look to use. Most of the strikers faced them in New Zealand, some in the IPL. It gives you an idea of how to prepare for the big game. But yes, they are a good bowling alley and we will have to prepare well.
It is not uncommon for a side to have two quick throws on the left arm like New Zealand (Neil Wagner and Trent Boult). Is that a big part of the challenge?
Usually teams with the same combination of left arm sewing… I don’t find it challenging because they both have different variations and bowling techniques. Both are right. New Zealand has a good, balanced bowling wing and they are all talented. They are challenging, but you need to find ways to deal with them.
What lessons did the beating team face in New Zealand that they may have learned?
Well, the only thing I can say is that we have learned from our mistakes. I will not specify what we will try to do as a unit of beating. We learned many things during that trip to New Zealand such as the batting and throwing unit. I am sure we will not repeat the same mistakes.
Is the time for practice you got closer, before the finals of the WTC and the next England Test? He carries a seam-arm seamer and a game simulation.
Yes, it is important to be well-prepared. We have enough time to prepare for the England series. Even in the WTC finals, we will try to make the most of it (time).
India has a solid speed unit. Who is the fastest thrower and who is the hardest to deal with on the net?
The good thing is that all the new fast bowlers are doing very well. They are all challenges to deal with on the net. The best part is that even if one of our strikers like (Jasprit) Bumrah, Ishant (Sharma) or (Mohammed) Shami is injured, we have backups like (Mohammed) Siraj and Shardul (Thakur) to fill the gap. That is the strength of the team. You need backups when you play overseas.