New Delhi. Former India stalwart Yuvraj Singh believes that the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand should have been a three-match match as Virat Kohli’s team is at a slight disadvantage due to the current schedule. The Indian team, arriving in England on Thursday, will go into the Test match to be held in Southampton from June 18 with limited preparation while the New Zealand team is playing a two-match Test series against hosts England.
Yuvraj told ‘Sports Tak’, ‘I believe that in a situation like this, there should be a best of three Test series because if you lose the first match, you can come back in the next two matches. India is at a slight disadvantage as the New Zealand team is already playing a Test match in England. He said, ‘Eight to 10 practice sessions will be available but match practice cannot be compensated by anything. It will be a level match but the New Zealand team will be in a slightly advantageous position.
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The 39-year-old Yuvraj said that India’s batting line-up is stronger than the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand team. He said, ‘I believe that the Indian team is strong because in the last few years we have won outside the country. I think our batting is strong and we are on par with them in bowling.‘Rohit and Gill in charge’
Yuvraj, who played a key role in India’s 2011 World Cup title win, said Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, who are playing openers for the first time in England, will have to get used to the deux balls at the earliest. Yuvraj said, ‘Rohit Sharma is now very experienced in Test matches. He has seven centuries to his name and four of them as openers but both Rohit and Shubman Gill have never opened an innings in England before.
Depends a lot on the deux ball
Yuvraj, who played 402 international matches in his career, said, ‘They are aware of the choice, the Dukes ball swings in the beginning. They have to adjust to the situation quickly. In England it is important that you focus on one session at a time. In the morning the ball swings and seams and in the afternoon you can score runs, after the tea break, the ball swings again. As a batsman if you adjust to these things then you can be successful.
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Yuvi expressed confidence in Gill
Gill impressed in his first Test series in Australia but struggled to score runs in the home series against England. Yuvraj wants Gill to take confidence from his performance in Australia. He said, ‘Shubman is very young, still inexperienced but success in Australia should boost his confidence. So if he goes with confidence, he can do well anywhere in the world.
Told tough to bio-secure environment
Yuvraj also talked about the added challenge of living in a biologically safe environment during long tours. India also has to play a five-Test series against England on this tour, which will start on August 4. He said, ‘Playing for your country is already a physical and mental challenge and now also add to it living in a biologically safe environment. I think it’s too tight. I hope that Kovid-19 will end soon and people will be able to live their normal life.