Lack of practice ahead of the World Test Championship is not a major concern for the captain Virat Kohli but for the famous Dilip Vengsarkar believes it could “hurt” the Indian captain.
The Indian team led by Kohli arrived in England on Thursday and headed to the three-day detention center in Southampton, the venue for the much-anticipated match from June 18.
On the other hand, their rivals New Zealand have taken part in two Tests against England, the first of which will end on Sunday.
Vengsarkar, a veteran of 116 trials, said Kohli and Rohit were in excellent condition, but a lack of competition time in the middle could hamper their performance at least in th WTC opening finals.
Okay Kohli has although has been around for a long time.
He said that it is good and they’re both in very good form. But when he says that, he thinks a lack of training in the game could hurt them in the first Test match and that’s what he feels.
Vengsarkar anticipated that New Zealand could make a small profit as it is already in the area competitively.
“India is a better and better team. Profit with New Zealand, a lower level team, the fact is that they will play two Test matches before the Test match (the final of the World Test Championship).
Vengsarkar said that and so it’s important … it’s a bit of a benefit to New Zealand … because they’ve played two Test matches before they started (in the WTC finals), they’re used to the conditions.
He also said that what he can hear is that India had to play games, you know the games, at least two or three before the Test (WTC) game, to get used to the conditions.
The former captain feels that even the bowlers will have to train before the game.
The veteran said that It’s a good idea to play matches in the middle, both for the batsmen and for the bowlers. The practice of playing the last game, you may have to practice the net, you know the motivation of the game, but you play the match in the middle and when you play a big game, spending time in the middle always helps.
Kohli, during a press conference ahead of the WTC final and the subsequent five Tests against the English hosts, said that poor performance was not such a problem as almost all side players have experience playing here.
He also said that.. In the past they have been holding places for the past three days even at the right time and we have a competitive hell and a competitive hell, so it’s all in the head.