ICC WTC Finals: Shane Bond and Ian Bishop predicts the winner of the ICC World Test Championship.
ICC WTC Finals: Former kiwi pacer Shane Bond backed his countrymen to lift the coveted trophy of the test championship against star-studded India. The pacer also said that he foresees Kane Williamson will win the toss and his quicks will wreak havoc after that.
The much anticipated and exciting clash of the year is slated to begin on June 18th, Friday. The excitement amongst the fans and the cricket pundits has already skyrocketed for the marquee summit clash at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
“I think New Zealand are going to win. Game practices going to have a massive impact. I think India have got a balanced bowling attack. I think they’ll play three seamers and two spinners,” Bond said in a virtual press conference arranged by Star Sports.
New Zealand has dominated with all its seamers on the ground. They have the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson and Matt Henry in their arsenal.
“I think New Zealand will play five seamers, and I think they’ll win the toss and they’ll bowl first,” he added.
“If New Zealand win the toss and bowl as well as they have. I think they’ll they’ll bowl out India cheaply and that ain’t a bad thing,” Bond said.
The 46-years old pacer expresses his concerns if New Zealand failed to bowl out India cheaply. He said India have two world-class spinners and they are always in the game to change its fate.
“So, it’s the toss that is going to be huge. And that first innings is going to be huge,” he pointed out.
Ian Bishop’s take on the possible winner of ICC World Test Championship:
“It will be huge for Virat. He has led from the front which is one of the important things for a captain. He’s a batsman who is at the top of his game along with Kane and a select few,” he said.
Bishop seemed to have a balanced approach while he emphasized more on India’s heroics against Australia despite being hit-hard by the injuries.
India conquered the test series on Australian soil earlier this year despite several senior and prominent members of the team were sidelined due to multiple injuries.
“After what they accomplished in Australia with all the injuries. They’re a team that can achieve the impossible,” Bishop said