Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar feels Cheteshwar Pujara and Marnus Labuschagne’s County cricket experience will be of great value for their respective teams in the World Test Championship final. The all-important clash is all set to take place between India and Australia from June 7 to June 11 at The Oval in London.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Marnus Labuschagne will head into the match on the back of a good County season. The Indian cricketer played for Sussex and scored 545 runs at an average of 68.12, with three centuries. He is currently the second-leading run-scorer in Division Two. Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne ranks third on the list, with 502 runs, including two centuries for Glamorgan.
Sachin Tendulkar feels the duo’s experience of playing county cricket will come in handy during the World Test Championship final. In an interview with PTI news agency, he said,
“Of course, playing in County cricket can be of great value. Both Pujara and Labuschagne had a considerable outing in the County cricket recently. Smith not as much as the other two, but whatever match practice one can get is very handy because the conditions are different.”
“Our guys have played T20 and now they have gone to England, so are some players from Australia as they were playing T20 here but I believe playing practice matches… no better practice than that,” he added.
India will be happy to play at The Oval: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar further expressed that the conditions at The Oval in London will suit the spinners. He added that Team India will be happy to play at the ground, as it will offer assistance to the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. The Legendary cricketer stated that bounce off the wicket can also help the spinners. He said,
“The Indian team will be happy that they are playing at the Oval. The nature of the Oval pitch is such that it assists the spinners as the match goes on. So, spinners will come into play a little bit.”
“It need not be always a turning track as sometimes the spinners rely a lot on the bounce, sometimes that little bit of zip that they get off the pitch, also on the overhead conditions and it depends a lot on the shiny side of the ball,” he added.