From practice sessions to squad depth, Pujara reveals team India’s preps for the WTC final
The World Test Championship is just a couple of days away from us now. The preparations for both teams are in full swing. New Zealand has accustomed itself well to the conditions and has already played test matches, and has won a series in England for the first time since 1999. On the other hand, India has played a three-day intrasquad game after arriving in the UK in the first week of June. Both the teams would be focussing on each other and look out for the weaknesses and strengths of their opposition. Cheteshwar Pujara spoke to the press ahead of the WTC final.
Cheteshwar Pujara, one of the calmest and sorted personalities, has saved India on numerous occasions and showed bravery for his team. He has hit important knocks in crucial situations and can be assessed as a potential threat to the New Zealand team. India would be hoping for another solid performance from their number three batsman in arguably the most crucial game of their careers. Pujara faced the press on Tuesday evening a couple of days before the all-important final. He spoke about how important it is to tackle every session. Pujara added that each session has to be assessed and played out according to the situation and the conditions surrounding them. This is what test cricket is all about, challenges and full of difficulties. Pujara also spoke about how test cricket has evolved over the years, and growth can be seen long-term with the new ICC World Test Championship. It has certainly provided a much bigger perspective to test cricket which wasn’t there before. Pujara feels that this should continue for decades to come, and the world test championship is a perfect way to do it. Lastly, he spoke about the depth of the Indian bowling attack, which has undoubtedly grown over the years. The Indian bowling attack has now become one of the world’s best with the amount of skill that it possesses. India was always seen as a dominant spin country. Still, with the arrival of players like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur, a revolution has been seen, and India now has one of the most dangerous attacks in the world. The depth of the Indian bowling was pretty evident in the test series down under in 2020-21, where they overcame so many injuries to come out on top. Pujara briefly mentions all these things in the press conference.
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Indian fans would hope that they can finally end their trophy drought of seven years with a world test championship victory against the team that knocked them out of the ICC World Cup back in 2019. It will surely be a riveting game to watch, and New Zealand would hope for another upset over India.