“He needs to respect the condition and wait for the bad ball”- Sehwag advice to Rohit Sharma in WTC final

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On June 18th, 2021 at Southampton, one of the biggest sporting events in World cricket is all set to take place in the form of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship final which will be held between India and New Zealand.

Rohit Sharma

Where the winner of the competition will be crowned as World Test Champions and the team which will win the crown will be the first team to mark World Champion in the longest format of the game.

Former India batting legend Virender Sehwag stated that if India has to do well then experience campaigner like Rohit Sharma needs to play a sheet anchor role at the top which will set the batting tone of the Indian team.

He advised Rohit to respect the condition and wait for the bad ball to play his shots in the marquee event.

“I think when I opened in England for the first time, I was not that attacking. I scored the century off 150-160 balls because in swinging conditions you have to respect the new ball and conditions and I got success. The conditions remain the same so it also depends on the wicket. If you are playing on a flat track or a grassy wicket, there is a huge difference. If the weather stays good there is less swing else there is a lot of swing. In England, a lot depends on the condition. The ball can do anything if clouds come in and if there is sunshine it is easier to bat.

“Absolutely respect the conditions and wait for the bad ball. He has played a lot of cricket in England, so he is experienced and knows what needs to be done. But my advice would be to respect the new ball and then he will get the bad balls for which he has to wait. Once he is set after seeing off the first 5 to 10 overs, then it will be easier to play aggressive cricket,” said Sehwag as quoted by the Mumbai Mirror.

Many experts have predicted that New Zealand will have an edge over India in the WTC final as they will be playing the final ahead of playing two test matches against England and giving tough time to English batters in crunch moments of the game.