Who will win WTC Final? AB de Villiers predicts winner of IND vs AUS Test
Updated on: Jun 6, 2023 1:55 pm IST
Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers has expressed that it is a difficult task to choose a favorite for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final. However, he believes that India has the edge over Australia and expects them to emerge victorious on the fifth day of the match.
The final, featuring teams captained by Rohit Sharma and Pat Cummins, will take place at The Oval in London, starting from June 7. While India finished as runners-up in the inaugural edition of the WTC, Australia will be playing in their first final.
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During a preview of the game on JioCinema, De Villiers was asked to pick the favorites and the likely winners. He responded by acknowledging the challenge of choosing a favorite, given the limited Test cricket both teams have played recently. However, he noted that India’s previous win against a strong England team at The Oval could give them confidence heading into the final.
De Villiers further mentioned that he expects the match to go down to the wire, with India coming out on top on the final day. He highlighted the batting-friendly nature of the pitch but emphasized the potential impact of the Indian spinners in the latter stages of the match.
When asked to name an Indian batter who will have to play a crucial role in the final, De Villiers singled out Virat Kohli. He commended Kohli’s determination and desire to excel in high-pressure series, particularly in the UK and Australia.
Regarding the key bowler in India’s attack in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, De Villiers highlighted Mohammed Siraj as the player in the form of his life. He praised Siraj’s extra pace and ability to move the ball off the seam, considering him the biggest asset in India’s bowling lineup. Siraj, alongside Mohammad Shami, is expected to spearhead India’s attack and provide early breakthroughs in the crucial contest.
As the WTC final approaches, cricket fans eagerly await the clash between these two formidable teams to determine the ultimate Test champions.
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