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Kiwi Great Richard Hadlee Picks The Favourite To Win WTC Final

Kiwi Great Richard Hadlee Picks The Favourite To Win WTC Final

With IPL 2021 postponed amid the COVID-19 crisis, the focus has shifted to the upcoming ICC World Test Championship final. India will lock horns with New Zealand in the title clash starting on June 18 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Ahead of the tie, former New Zealand all-rounder Richard Hadlee has picked his favorites to win the tournament.

With the inaugural WTC final still a couple of weeks away, many former cricketers and experts of the game have already started sharing their predictions for the marquee finale. Adding that the cold overhead conditions in England might just favour New Zealand a bit, Richard Hadlee said the side that adapts better will come out on top.

The side who adapts better will be favourites – Richard Hadlee

Incidentally, the Black Caps will play two Test matches against England leading to the title clash while it will be India’s first game of the tour.

“It all comes down as to who is better prepared and who adapts better to the English conditions the quickest,” he said, as reported by ICC. “The weather may also play a part and if it is cold that will favour New Zealand. The Duke 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 added.

When further stressed to pick a favourite between the Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson-led New Zealand, Richard Hadlee said ‘it is too difficult to call a winner.’

“Both teams have high-class batsmen so it will be an interesting game to watch. It is too difficult to call a winner at this stage,” he added.

Indian cricketers are currently undergoing strict quarantine in Mumbai and will fly to the UK for a four-month-long tour on June 2.

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