Richard Hadlee makes massive admission regarding Team India ahead of ICC World Test Championship final
Team India is currently the number one ranked team in Test cricket, as it prepares to take on New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Meanwhile, is India the reason why Test cricket is still alive? Here's what Richard Hadlee has to say.
As far as Team India is concerned, it is currently the number one ranked team in Test cricket. Furthermore, playing in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand next month does prove its dominance in the format.
The International Cricket Council decided to introduce the WTC to make Test cricket even more competitive and save the oldest format of the sport. Currently, there seem to be just four highly dominant teams in the structure, including India.
Meanwhile, former Kiwi legend Richard Hadlee has made a massive admission regarding Team India, stating that India is the reason why Test cricket is still alive. "There is no doubt India produces a lot of revenue for cricket. Without India, the face of world cricket would be very different. Therefore, cricket needs India," he told The Times of India.
"But, India has also made an outstanding contribution to Test cricket -- like in all formats. Their Test performances in Australia were outstanding despite that 36 all-out blip. They bounced back superbly, and Test cricket came alive again. So many youngsters came into the team and performed. It showed the great depth of talented players India have in all formats," he added.
Since the WTC is an ICC tournament, the final is being played at a neutral venue in Southampton. While it would also be the first time that India would be playing a Test at a neutral venue, Hadlee has also admitted that none of the sides starts as favourites.
"The Test Championship is a one-off game. Yes, it is a final, but I don't think either team will be too fazed about it. It is a neutral ground with no home advantage. It is something to look forward to," he wondered.
"It all comes down as to who is better prepared and who adapts better to English conditions the quickest. The weather may also play a part and if it is cold, that will favour New Zealand. The Dukes ball will suit both team's fast bowlers, especially the genuine swing bowlers, and the Kiwis are well-served in that department with Southee, Boult and Jamieson. If the ball seams around off the pitch, batsmen in both teams will be challenged," he concluded.
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