New Zealand pacer Tim Southee is wary of India‘s batting strength, labeling it ‘dangerous’, with the veteran adding that Rohit Sharma is just one of the many good batters in the line-up. He also picked Rohit as someone he personally enjoys watching across all three formats.
With the World Test Championship (WTC) final starting on Friday, Tim Southee, during an interaction with ICC, pointed out India’s batting strength and branded it an “exciting batting line-up.”
“It’s an exciting batting line-up, the mix of experienced guys and a couple of young guys who have come in and played with that freedom and that excitement that they have,” he said.
“Rohit Sharma’s a tremendous player in all three formats and personally, a guy I like watching bat, his style and the way he can take a game away from the opposition is great to watch,” he added.
“But I know as a bowling group that it’s a dangerous line-up throughout, Rohit is only one of many very good batters in this Indian batting line-up that we have to be on top of our game against,” Southee stated.
The 32-year-old didn’t feature for New Zealand in the second Test against England at Edgbaston, with the Kiwis winning the contest by eight wickets. However, he is expected to return to the playing XI for the marquee clash in Southampton.
Tim Southee versus Virat Kohli will undoubtedly be one of the key player battles to watch out for in the WTC Final. Despite admitting that the Indian skipper is one of the modern-day greats, he pointed out that India have plenty of firepower in their batting, apart from Kohli.
“As a player, you like to test yourself against the best, and Virat [Kohli] is one of the best to play the game, definitely one of the modern-day greats but it’s not only him,” Southee signed off.