ICC WTC Final – India vs New Zealand: After sensational victories against Australia and England, Indian test batting line up main-stay Cheteshwar Pujara has a warning of sorts for Kane Williamson led New Zealand. India is schedule to play Kiwis in England for World Test Championship Title and Pujara has declared that no matter where the match is – India is capable of beating anyone-anywhere.
“We have our bases covered and if we play to our potential – then we have the ability to beat any side in the world,” Pujara told The Times of India.
On India’s preparations for the upcoming tour, Pujara feels that the India team has enough experience to deliver a strong performance in the ICC WTC Final.
“Even if we are short preparation-wise, I feel the team has enough experience to deliver a strong performance. This Indian team, in recent times, has shown the wherewithal to win on all surfaces and we will carry that confidence into the match against New Zealand and the subsequent Test series against England,” he added.
ICC WTC Final – Ind vs NZ: Cheteshwar Pujara declares, ‘India can beat any side, anywhere’
Pujara feels that ICC WTC Final clash will be between the two top-quality sides and will prove to be a good game as both teams are evenly matched.
The No.3 batsman added that India has the strongest bench strength it has ever had.
“Absolutely. The amount of talent in the Indian circuit is humongous. Be it our bowling or batting -we have the backup for the players. The Australia series earlier this year was an example,” he opined.
Pujara in England – ‘Looking to improve on record’ for big FINALS
The 33-year-old had slammed unbeaten 132 runs against England in his last innings at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, the host to ICC WTC Final. But overall his record in England doesn’t exude much confidence. According to Pujara, he is practicing hard to improve on his record and batting performances in England.
India’s mainstay in Tests, Pujara needs to ramp up his performance in England. Of his 18 innings, 11 of them are below 25 and his tally also includes 6 single digit scores.
500 runs in 9 matches at an average of 29.41 (1 century, 2 fifties)
6,244 runs in 85 Tests at an average of 46.59 (18 tons, 29 half-centuries)
Pujara stats in the last three overseas series
vs WI: 60 runs in 2 Tests
vs NZ: 100 runs in 2 Tests
vs Aus: 271 runs in 4 Tests
ICC WTC Final will be played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton staring June 18.
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