Former New Zealand skipper Glenn Turner feels that pitch and weather conditions will play a crucial role in the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final, starting on June 18.
Team India is all set to take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the much-anticipated finale at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
While Virat Kohli and his men are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations, Turner has reckoned that Indian skipper is likely to struggle in the WTC final if the conditions favour seam and swing.
Explaining the reason behind his statement, the 74-year-old pointed out how Kohli had failed to perform in India’s two-match Test series against New Zealand last year when the visitors were thrashed by 0-2. Virat had scored just 38 runs in two Tests as he struggled to bat in the swing-friendly conditions.
“I don’t wish to speculate on whether Kohli’s reflexes have deteriorated. But if the pitch and overall conditions favour seam and swing, he is likely to struggle along with others as was demonstrated in New Zealand, Turner was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
“Conditions are going to be pivotal yet again. I think it is true to say that the home conditions, where batsmen are brought up, play a significant part in the technique and skills of a player,” he added.