ICC WTC Final: New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls is more concerned with Indian spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja
Team India’s spin duo Ravindra Jadeja & R Ashwin
Extra Time Web Desk: New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls is more wary of the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ahead of the final of the ICC World Test Championship in Southampton. In recent times, both spinners played a key role in India’s dominance in the long format.
He said, “India have a very good seam attack and they also have experienced spinners like Ashwin and Jadeja. They have been consistent in all parts of the world (of late) and bring quality (to the attack),” Nichols, Joe has been in good form of late in Test cricket, told PTI in an interview.
If there is no worry of injury, the playing XI for the match commencing on June 18 will feature Indian paces Troika Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.
“Mohammed Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah and Ishant Sharma have proven their quality over the years to our fast bowlers (Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner), which we are really proud of.”
The 29-year-old Southpaw said, “If you’re facing this kind of line-up, it’s an exciting challenge and as a group we’re expecting it to be tough, but also looking forward to this challenge Have been. “Said Southpaw, who averaged over 37 in 43 Test matches.
Nicholls was part of a New Zealand team that beat India in three home Tests in early 2020, something that would give them the confidence to go to the finals. “It is an exciting challenge because in the end we will play a Test match at a neutral venue, so that there is a playground for both sides.
“We beat them 2–0 to a season back (2019-20). But we know and accept that it is a different challenge but as a group we would have taken a lot of confidence from that series win against India “Obviously, playing the number one and two finals is also a challenge,” he said.
Nicholls has been the in-form batsman for the Blackcaps in his last three Tests with scores of 174 (vs West Indies), 56, 11 and 157 (vs Pakistan).