New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgenson names the biggest threat for Kiwis in WTC final
Cricket fans from all across the world are curiously waiting for the two best Test teams to put up a spectacular fight in the inaugural edition of the WTC final. The world's no.1 ranked team (India) and no.2 ranked team (New Zealand) will clash with each other on June 18 in Southampton.
India and New Zealand already proved worthy of themselves as successful teams in the ICC World Test Championship. Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were often on the receiving end for not winning any marquee events despite having the best resources available.
However, the ICC WTC final will eventually determine the winner of the contest. Ahead of the final, Kiwis will fly to England to play a two-match Test series against the Joe Root-led team. The Test series will go all guns blazing from June 2 onwards. This will help Kane Williamson and Co adapt to the conditions much better than the Indians.
Virat Kohli & Co will be spending time in quarantine after arriving in England and there won't be much time for them to get used to the English conditions. So a big challenge awaits Team India. Meanwhile, New Zealand's bowling coach, identified as Shane Jurgenson, is well aware of one big threat in the ICC WTC final.
Shane Jurgenson names a big threat for New Zealand
As we all know, the ICC marquee event is less than a month away from getting started. Ahead of the contest, Kiwi's bowling coach names India's Test wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant as the real threat for the New Zealand bowlers.
While everyone expected him to say either Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli, he said attacking batsman Pant. The southpaw showcased his mettle recently during India's tour of Australia and in the home Test series against England.
However, Jurgenson reckons the bowlers have to stay calm in order to keep Pant silent. “Well, Rishabh Pant is an extremely dangerous player who can change the game on its head. We saw how well he did it against Australia and England. He’s extremely positive-minded, but with that comes potentially the opportunity to take his wicket,” Jurgensen told the Telegraph from Southampton.
“Our bowlers need to execute well, stay calm and make it as difficult as possible for Pant to score runs. He’s certainly a free-flowing batsman and a tough one to stop, which we should keep in mind,” he further added.