Conditions will be in favorable for New Zealand more than India in WTC finals, says Pat Cummins
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins feels if the current wet weather conditions in England persist, New Zealand will enjoy an edge over India in the ICC World Test Championships final, starting in Southampton on June 18.
Cummins, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the suspended IPL 2021, however, refused to predict the winner of the final.
“It is going to be a good match. I think there has been a lot of rain in England from what I have seen in the news. I think, in terms of conditions, it is probably close to New Zealand conditions,”Cummins said in a question-and-answer session with fans on YouTube.
“We have seen both teams not having played Test matches for a couple of months. So, it is a one-off. Anything can happen. I will sit on the fence,”said the 28-year-old who is quarantined in Sydney after arriving from Maldives following the IPL’s suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“If I say anything, the conditions should probably suit New Zealand more than India,”he added.
Cummins is the leading wicket-taker in the WTC with 70 wickets from 14 Tests. He could be overtaken by India off-spinner R Ashwin in the final, who is three short of the mark with 67 wickets in 13 Tests.
Cummins said he loved the concept of the WTC and rued missing out on the final.
“It is annoying Covid-19 made it a bit more difficult but it is great. I really enjoyed the whole aspect of it. Each series stands for something a little bit more than just the series itself and adds a different dimension. I really liked the format.
“Unfortunately, we missed the series. So, we didn’t have the six series leading to the final but I do enjoy the concept,”added Cummins.