Cook said on a BBC Test Match Special Podcast episode, "I did say New Zealand were going to win that game purely down to the fact that they were match-hardened. Those two Test matches against England were such perfect preparation."
New Delhi: Former England captain Alastair Cook has said that New Zealand had a big lead over India even before the World Test Championship (WTC) final began in Southampton last month.
The 36-year-old Cook said on a BBC Test Match Special Podcast episode, "I did say New Zealand were going to win that game purely down to the fact that they were match-hardened. Those two Test matches against England were such perfect preparation."
The preparation of the New Zealand ahead of the WTC final included beating England 1-0 in the two-Test series while India took the field for the final on the back of just one intra-squad match.
"Intra-squad games, as good as your intention might be, it hasn't got the same intensity. The first hour might be really competitive but everything goes less and less and less. India were hard done by that way," Cook said.
Cook felt that India's move to announce the playing XI a day before the final was not a good sign.
He said, "I do believe that they got a bit confident in picking that side three days out before and playing two spinners where they knew and the forecast said it was going to rain for a lot of that game. So, a lot of seam bowling was bowled. Even though their spinners are world-class, they got a little bit ahead of themselves there."
While talking on India's upcoming Test series against England, Cook opined that India's issue against the moving ball will help England.
"India are a great side. England will always fancy their chances more if that ball moves. If the conditions are like that in the month of August with moisture around, England will fancy bowling to that Indian side. Yes, they are a world-class batting unit. But their big weakness is the ball that moves if it nips. You always fancy your chances against them," he said.