WTC Final: “WTC final will be a good contest” says Gundappa Viswanath; cautions India against good New Zealand side

The legendary batsman feels that the WTC final would be a contest between Indian bowlers and New Zealand batsmen.

With less than ten days remaining for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final, cricket commentators, pundits, former players have started picking their favorites, making predictions, and also wishing all the bests for their respective teams. There is a general inclination towards New Zealand as they are already playing a two-match Test series against host England. England and New Zealand have similar playing conditions.

The latest to join the buzz is former India batting legend, Gundappa Viswanath. The batting maestro played 91 Tests for India between 1969 and 1983, scoring 6080 runs.

In an exclusive interview with Timesofindia.com, Viswanath cautioned India against a good New Zealand side.

“Both the teams will be playing at a neutral venue. It will be a good contest. New Zealand is a good side. India can’t take them lightly. The atmosphere will be different.” said Viswanath.

Viswanath also added that India holds an edge over New Zealand on the back of a series win over Australia and England.

“India has an edge over New Zealand. It will be an exciting clash. Winning in Australia and vs England will be a confidence booster for India in the WTC final.” added Viswanath.

Viswanath played 25 ODIs for India between 1974 and 1982, scoring 439 runs. The legendary batsman feels that the WTC final would be a contest between Indian bowlers and New Zealand batsmen.

“It will be India bowlers vs the New Zealand batsmen in the WTC final. India’s bowling is super strong right now. Look at Shami, Bumrah, Siraj and Ishant. They all are in good touch. Siraj did a wonderful job in Australia. I am sure he will do the job for Virat in the WTC final too.” Viswanath concluded.

The first of a two-match Test series between England and New Zealand ended in a draw.

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