Kevin Pietersen, WTC final
Kevin Pietersen feels that the lack of match practice might hinder India’s chances of winning in the upcoming WTC final against New Zealand.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen feels that the lack of match practice might hinder India’s chances of winning in the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.

Virat Kohli-led side is all set to lock horns with Kane Williamson’s men in the all-important clash at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, starting on Friday.

Ahead of the much-anticipated game, Pietersen has reckoned that no amount of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) or intra-squad games can equal to preparing for a Test match in England.

With New Zealand having already beaten England in the two-match Test series last week, the 40-year-old asserted that Indian players could find it difficult to emerge at the top in the WTC final.

“Kiwis have had fantastic preparation for this final. They’ve played two Test matches against England, and basically outplayed them in both,” Pietersen wrote in his blog for Betway Insider.

“You can’t prepare for a Test match in England having been involved in an IPL that was called off a month ago and with no proper warm-up matches at all,” he added.

Furthermore, talking about the pitch in Southampton, the legendary English batsman said that the swinging and seaming conditions at the Ageas Bowl will favour the Kiwis.

“They’re playing with Dukes balls so if the weather isn’t great over the first day or two, those swinging and seaming conditions will really favour New Zealand. You only get one or two chances in a one-off Test match, and I fear that India may be behind on their preparation,” Kevin Pietersen concluded.

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