ICC WTC Final: “He will be the X-factor in WTC Final”, says Monty Panesar

Panesar is mighty impressed with this Indian all-rounder and feels he can be the X factor in World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.

Former England spinner Monty Panesar has weighed in on his choice of spinner if India decides to go with only one spinner against New Zealand in the all-important, inaugural WTC final.

Panesar while talking to India TV stressed on how preparing a neutral pitch for the WTC final will be a perfect endorsement for Test cricket going forward. Excerpts –

“Spinners will also play a crucial role in the WTC final in Southampton. We’ll have to see how the ICC prepares the pitch for the event. For the Test series, England will obviously go with a green wicket. But for the WTC final, I think the ICC should prepare a neutral wicket. It’ll be the perfect advertisement for the WTC if the final spans over 4 or 5 days,” Panesar said.

India will play six Test matches in England including the World Test Championship Finals against New Zealand from June 18 to 22 followed by a five-match Test series against England in August-September.

Panesar represented England in 50 Test matches with a total of 167 scalps in an international career spanning seven years.

Panesar praised Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round abilities with both bat and ball in the recently suspended Indian Premier League, 2021.

“For me, Ravindra Jadeja will be the X-factor. He’s been in terrific form in the IPL. If India decides to go with just one spinner, I’ll go with Jadeja instead of R Ashwin as the spin-bowling option. Jadeja’s defensive bowling skill and being a left-arm give him an upper hand” added Panesar.

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