Ajit Agarkar feels that the Indian batsmen will find it more difficult to adapt to the conditions in England than the bowlers.

Virat Kohli-led Indian team is all set to take on New Zealand in the upcoming final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC), starting from June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The WTC final will be followed by a five-match Test series between India and England which is scheduled to get underway from August 4.

While Kohli and his men are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the forthcoming Test assignments, Ajit Agarkar feels that the Indian batsmen will find it more difficult to adapt to the conditions in England than the bowlers.

“I think the batsmen will find it more difficult to adapt to the conditions because you have just the one opportunity,” former India pacer said on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show.

“The bowlers get the chance to come back into the game. Your one spell may not have been good but there is a chance to get back into the rhythm. The more you bowl, the rhythm keeps improving. You get to know the conditions,” he added.

Notably, India will be heading into the much-anticipated clash against Kiwis without any match practice, barring a few intra-squad games.

However, the Kane Williamson-led side will play two-match Test series against England before the WTC final which would give them a slight advantage over Team India.

Sharing his views on the same, the 43-year-old said, “We talk about the advantage being with New Zealand because they would have played two Tests, so they will be a little battle-hardened and will have the match-fitness.”

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