Sachin Tendulkar picks India as FAVOURITES, claims ‘Oval pitch will assist spinners’ in Ind vs Aus WTC Final
Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar has said that India will be confident going into the World Test Championship Final against Australia on Wednesday, June 7 due to the nature of the Oval pitch, and expects Indian spinners to play a major role in the ‘ultimate test’.
WTC Final: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said the spin-friendly nature of the Oval pitch will aid India and their spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The Master Blaster believes that the Indian team can take a lot of heart from the pitch factor and will be confident going into the World Test Championship Final against Australia on Wednesday, June 7.
“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.”
“If they are able to get that drift, they can make the ball talk in the air without the pitch coming into play. So, Oval is going to be good venue for India,” said Tendulkar in his website 100mbsports.
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India will also carry a positive vibe when they enter the Oval as their last outing at this venue had resulted in an emphatic win — a 157-run romp against England in 2021. Tendulkar said good memories of that match will burn bright and will spur the Indians.
“100 per cent. Whenever you have such memories, they will stay with you. The Indian team would not have forgotten that the last time they played there (the Oval), they had a superb outing. They won the game and as I said good memories stay long with you,” said Tendulkar.
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