Southampton: The final of the World Test Championship is being played between India and New Zealand in the Rose Bowl, Southampton. Former India left-arm spinner Dilip Doshi believes that Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin will play a big role in the World Test Championship (WTC Final) final match being played against New Zealand.
Doshi assessed: "India will have to give nothing away and fight for every run." He added: "I feel both (Ravindra) Jadeja and (Ravichandra) Ashwin have a major role to play in this game."
Virat Kohli can be forgiven for his dismissal, for he was beaten by a wicket-taking delivery to be leg before wicket. The same, though, cannot be said of Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane.
Compared to England, the ball bounces more in Australia, but swings and seams less. The Kookaburra balls used Down Under have flatter seams and lose their shine earlier compared to their Duke counterparts utilized in England. It is in such conditions that Pant distinguished himself over the winter.
Australia has more bounce than England but less swing and pace. Pant needed to perform in this match in a challenging environment. However he failed to do so.
Such were the conditions that the old ball was good enough to break the back of the Indian batting. The second new ball was only needed to mop up the lower order.
Rahane scored a century at Lord's on his first tour of England in 2014, his most impressive innings on an English wicket. He needs to repeat that performance now.
However, he was slowly moving towards half-century but was caught out at square leg. After Kohli returned to the pavilion, Rahane was more in charge. Ashwin also bats, but he also could not do much in this match.
"Conditions were like home in New Zealand," Doshi remarked. But he admitted: "They (the Kiwis) bowled superbly throughout, putting enormous pressure on the Indian batsmen, with hardly a loose delivery."
On the Indian batting performance, he stated: "Even in these tough conditions (Rohit) Sharma, Kohli and Rahane excelled; (Shubman) Gill showed a lot of promise."