The Men in Blue must defeat a strong Australian team in England to claim the coveted World Test Championship (WTC), but they are only one victory away from doing so.
Under MS Dhoni’s leadership, Team India’s most recent victory in an ICC competition occurred in England during the 2013 Champions Trophy. Since then, they have participated in battle on numerous occasions, frequently beginning tournaments as favorites but losing steam toward the end of the competition.
In a PTI interview, Hayden urged Team India to simply buy into the procedure like the prosperous Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises.
“There is no doubt that it is not a skill issue. Therefore, it must only be a matter of the opportunity and the mindset entering the situation. Since it is ingrained in the sport’s DNA and the local way of life, cricket is the only sport that exists. “
Hayden went on to say: “Being cautious about looking for the scoreboard and looking for the titles, and just playing and being a part of the process, something when you look at franchise setups, Gujarat Titans have done really well this year and CSK have done very well. Indians from Mumbai also hold to a particular method. So, forget the results and buy into the process, is my advice to Indian cricket. “
Following the conclusion of the league stage of the 2023 IPL, Team India has already begun to depart in batches for England.
At Lord’s, Australia would have had a significant advantage, but Matthew Hayden predicts a 50-50 result at Oval.
At first, Lord’s was supposed to host the second cycle of WTC final. However, the game has been moved to The Oval, where Australia’s recent performance there has been shaky. Since 1972, the Australians have only triumphed in two Tests there; their most recent game ended in a defeat to England in the 2019 Ashes by a margin of 135 runs.
The five-match Test series between India and England in 2021 resulted in an historic victory for India at The Oval. Due to the venue, Hayden claimed that the competition was evenly matched.
“Australia would have had a huge advantage at Lord’s but Oval will be 50-50, It’s by tradition England’s bouncy, more even surfaces. It’s a fairly neutral setting because it doesn’t really favor seamers or spinners. It’s great to see them perform there, as Australia would have had a significant advantage if it had been at the Lord’s. “
Hayden also stated that Team India would suffer greatly without Rishabh Pant, but he supported Ishan Kishan in his prediction that he would play his first Test in the WTC championship match.
Hayden continues: “Rishabh Pant is currently one of the significant losses for Indian cricket. Ishan Kishan, a more dynamic wicketkeeper batsman, “adds that bit of swagger to the batting line-up and in the fielding unit as well, so if I were an Indian selector, I would definitely go with him,”