WTC Final is immediately after IPL Final
The IPL final is on May 29 while the WTC final will begin on June 7 at The Oval. For the first time since the outbreak of Covid-19, the IPL will be played in its original home-and-away format, during which the players will have to travel a lot. Cheteshwar Pujara is the only current regular India Test player who is not a part of the IPL. Rohit told the press after India won the Test series 2-1 against Australia, ‘It is very important for us. We will be in constant touch with all the players who are going to play in that final and will monitor their workload and see what is happening with them.
For fast bowlers on such pitch only yorker or bouncer is effective. Australia picked the wrong team. They had to go with at least three fast bowlers.
Michael Kasprowicz, former Australian fast bowler
Team India relying on these 3 fast bowlers
“Around May 21, there will be six teams which are likely to be out of contention for the IPL play-offs and therefore whatever players are available, we will try to get them to UK as soon as possible,” he said. The three main fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Mohammed Shami (Gujarat Titans), Umesh Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders) are expected to play regularly for their respective franchises. He is likely to feature in at least 12 of the 14 group league games and it will be important to keep an eye on his workload.
What I expect from myself as a player is more important to me. In Test cricket, I have not been able to play with the rhythm with which I have been playing for the last 10 years. So that’s the only thing I was trying to do.
Virat Kohli, Indian cricketer
Rohit Sharma told the master plan
Rohit said, ‘We are sending some (red) Dukes balls to all the fast bowlers. It gives them time to bowl but it all depends on the individual players. Unlike the SG Test in India and the Kookaburra in Australia, Tests in England are played with Dukes balls. It remains to be seen how much time Shami, Umesh and Siraj manage to find between travel, matches and busy schedules. But England is not a new place for most of the members of the Test team as all of them have played several series there and some of them have also played county cricket.
India won the fourth consecutive series from Australia, also reached the WTC final
That’s why India will not have any problem in England
Rohit said, ‘The people who will be part of the final are not players who have not played in Britain. Maybe one or two players are like that but rest of us have played in that part of the world. I don’t think it will be a big problem. Both the teams have played a lot of cricket in England but the neutral venue will be a completely different environment for both. Rohit said, ‘Talking about playing them (Australia) in the final, it will be a different ball match with a neutral venue for both the teams. Both the teams have played a lot of cricket in that part of the world and I would not say that it will be new conditions for both the teams but yes it is not going to be like playing India in India or Australia in Australia. I am sure both the teams will prepare for this.
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