In the highly anticipated World Test Championship final, which begins on the 7th of this month, India will play Australia.
Ahead of the WTC final, Ricky Ponting advises Australia to “dismiss him quickly” about an Indian star “who has been a thorn in their side”
World Test Championship Final: Ind vs. Aus
In the 2023 World Test Championship final, which gets underway on the 7th of this month, India and Australia square off. India will play in the crucial one-off Test for the second time consecutively after losing to New Zealand in 2021, while Australia will be playing in their first match. Even though the two teams’ history of rivalry has produced some thrilling innings, Australia has not been able to defeat India in a Test series at home or abroad since 2015.
The Australian team will be planning for two batters: Ricky Ponting
The Oval in England will offer challenging playing conditions, so the game is anticipated to be close. Ricky Ponting, a former captain of Australia and batting legend, has stated that Pat Cummins’ team will be planning for two batters: Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. “Without a doubt, the kangaroos will talk about Pujara and Virat. They are the two most crucial wickets in point of view from Australia,” Ponting stated in The ICC Review.
In the past, Pujara often gave them trouble: Ricky Ponting
Ponting stated that Australia should be especially cautious around Pujara. “This wicket might behave more like an Australian pitch than an English one because Pujara has frequently given them trouble in the past, especially in Australia. They are aware that they will need to capture him quickly,” according to the former Australian skipper. In 24 Test matches against Australia, the No. 3 batter has 2,033 runs and five centuries.
Kohli seems to have recovered from his protracted slump in performance
Ponting added that Kohli appears to have moved past his extended spell of poor form. When the two teams last played each other in red-ball cricket, Kohli scored 186 runs. After more than three years, it was his first century in a Test. It was also part of a larger comeback to century-scoring form after he ended a protracted drought of tonnes with his first-ever T20I tonne at the 2022 Asia Cup. After their final Test against Australia, Kohli experienced success on a personal level in the 2023 IPL, scoring two centuries, and that too in back-to-back games.
“The fact that Virat Kohli has been regaining his best form in T20 cricket over the last couple of weeks is also known to them. He told me that he feels almost back to his best right now, which is a worrying sign for the Australians heading into a one-off game,” said Ponting.