Henry Nicholls

Despite admitting that Team India have plenty of firepower in their pace bowling attack, Kiwi batsman Henry Nicholls said that he is more worried about veteran spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final.

India will lock horns with New Zealand in the inaugural WTC Final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, starting June 18. The wickets at this venue have been known to assist slower bowlers for quite some time in red-ball cricket. Apart from Ashwin and Jadeja, Axar Patel and Washington Sundar will also be a part of Team India’s squad.

After the WTC Final, India will play a five-match Test series against hosts England, starting August 4. Henry Nicholls, who has been a revelation for the Kane Williamson-led side in red-ball cricket, heaped praise on the Indian spinners for succeeding in different conditions.

“India have a very good seam attack and also have experienced spinners like Ashwin and Jadeja. They have been consistent in all parts of the world (of late) and bring quality (to attack),” Nicholls told PTI in an interview.

The 29-year-old stated that he is looking forward to facing India’s pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma. The southpaw further added that New Zealand’s 2-0 triumph over India last year will boost the Blackcaps’ confidence ahead of the WTC final.

“Mohammed Shami along with Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma have proven their quality over the years which is similar to our seamers (Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner) on whom we really pride ourselves.

“So if you are facing that kind of a line-up, it’s an exciting challenge and as a group, we are expecting it to be tough but also looking forward to the challenge,” he added.

“It’s an exciting challenge as finally, we will be playing a Test match at a neutral venue. So that for both sides kind of levels the playing field. We beat them 2-0 a season back (2019-20),” he stated

“But we know and accept that it’s a different challenge but as a group, we take a lot of confidence from that series win against India. Obviously, Number one and two playing the final is a challenge too,” he concluded.

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