ICC WTC Final: “Our bowlers need to make it difficult for him to score”: NZ bowling coach Shane Jurgensen for this Indian batsman
Jurgensen feels that Rishabh Pant is a very dangerous batsman and it will be tough to stop him from scoring freely in World Test Championship (WTC) final starting next month.
Former Tasmania player and current New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen said that India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is a mentally positive player and New Zealand bowlers need to be on the money to stop Pant.
Jurgensen was talking with The Telegraph. Excerpts-
“Well, 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 stated.
Pant has been in superb form. Pant scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 against Australia. Pant against England – 270 runs averaging 54.00 as he was second-highest run-getter for India in the series. With his confidence in batting, Pant leads Delhi Capitals to the top of the points table of IPL 2021 before being suspended mid-way due to COVID-19 cases in various teams.
“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 observed.
According to Jurgensen, the variety in Indian bowling makes it challenging.
“It’s a challenging bowling attack that India has. A lot of options are available for them. It’ll be a very, very stiff challenge we could face from Bumrah to Shardul, who’s an all-rounder and has done well in Australia too. There’s Mohammed Siraj and even their spinners, who can spin it both ways. It’s a group of formidable, outstanding Test bowlers,” he concluded.
Indians will face New Zealand in the WTC Final in England from June 18 to 22, with 23 being a reserve day.