Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar believes that the India skipper Virat Kohli will go with his three-pronged pace attack comprising of Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma for the upcoming much-awaited ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.
The battle for the World Test Championship (WTC) crown will begin from June 18-22 in Southampton between India and New Zealand and Agarkar believes that Shami, Bumrah, and Ishant would be crucial for Team India on the seam-friendly surface with windy weather conditions.
Agarkar said on the Star Sports show Game Plan, “The seamers will play a part and India has got as formidable an attack as any in the world. I think that's been their strength over the last few years. Whether it is a Bumrah, Shami - the No.1 bowler for me for a Test line-up for India and Ishant Sharma, he has gotten better over his career as he has played.”
The commentator further explained, “So, those three certainly will start and if it is a green seaming wicket, you might see a fourth one for all you know. We still don't know what the conditions are likely to be but we presume in England, with the Dukes ball, in particular, there will always be help for the seam bowlers. You can't imagine a pitch being very dry in mid-June.”
He also stressed the importance of the WTC 2021 Final by saying, “it’s a big deal and everyone remembers the first person to get to any sort of landmark and that's what makes it special.”
Agarkar signed off by saying, “So, to be involved and particularly in the middle when the rules changed, the percentages came into play when India was way ahead at one point, they still had to get the job done. Both teams will be up for it and both teams will be very excited to be a part of it.”