WTC Final: New Zealand will benefit but Team India is up for the challenge: Cheteshwar Pujara

Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says New Zealand will have the advantage of going to the WTC final after playing the Test series against England, but India will use the time available for the title clash starting June 18 at the Ageas Bowl. While the Indian team is training by playing intra-squad matches after completing the quarantine period, New Zealand beat England 1-0 in a two-match series for the World Test Championship final. Indian players who played in IPL before T20 league were suspended due to coronavirus.

Pujara told BCCI.TV, “Obviously playing two Test matches before the final will benefit them, but when it comes to the final we will give our best and we know that our team is going to do well and win the championship. has the capacity.”

“So we are not worried about it, we will try and focus on these 10 to 12 days that we have to prepare. We are also going to play a practice game and we will try and make use of what we have. Make the most of it. If we make the most of these days, I think our team will be ready for the finals.”

The Saurashtra middle-order batsman said that keeping pace with the fickle weather in England is a big challenge for the players.

Pujara said, “Playing in different conditions on the same day is the most challenging part for a batsman because if it rains you walk off the field and then all of a sudden the rain stops and you start all over again.” We do.”

“So there are breaks in between and this is where you need to understand and accept the challenge. Mentally you have to be strong, your concentration has to be up to the mark.” Pujara, who scored 6244 runs in 85 Tests, said that reaching the WTC final is a special achievement for the Indian team.

“It means a lot to me personally because I am playing this one format and it is the most challenging format of cricket. We worked hard as a team for a long time to get here,” he said. is.”

“So, I am sure everyone is looking forward to the final and winning this final means a lot to us. But even to reach the final, the team has worked hard for two years.”


The 33-year-old said that the Indian team is a well-connected unit as the players have spent a lot of time together in the bio-bubble.

He concluded, “Playing cricket during the pandemic has been challenging and the way we have managed things, people have been excellent. I think we have come a lot closer because of the time we spent together in the bubble.”

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