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Former India cricketer Parthiv Patel feels that Virat Kohli-led side has a strong chance of winning the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship (WTC). The 36-year-old has reckoned that India will hold an edge over New Zealand in the WTC final which is scheduled to take place from June 18.

Though the much-anticipated finale is still a month away, several former cricketers and experts of the game have already started sharing their predictions for the all-important game.

Shedding light on India’s chances in the clash against Kane Williamson-led team, Patel said, “I think it looks like a really strong squad. If you want to compare India and New Zealand squads, we have covered all the bases. If you talk about fast bowlers, we have got Bumrah, Ishant and Shami. If either of them is not fit, then there is Siraj, Umesh, enough depth in the squad.”

“If you talk about batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, they are proper batsmen who can bat well in England,” the former-cricketer-turned commentator said on Star Sports network.

Notably, the WTC final was initially set to be played at the Lord’s but the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to move the match to Southampton in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic across the world.

Earlier, the BCCI announced a 20-member Indian squad for the upcoming WTC final and five-match Test series against England.

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