Mike Hesson feels it will be interesting to see how India captain Virat Kohli and his New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson go about leading their respective teams over the course of the WTC final, scheduled to be played from June 18 in Southampton’s Ageas Bowl.
“Both are very good leaders and yes, both are different in styles of captaincy. The players want to follow (them), which is a great sign for any leader. Kane is more of a slow-burn in the sense that he likes to put pressure over a period of time. Virat, on the other hand, is constantly looking for ways to put his side in the driver’s seat,” he told Cricbuzz.
“The WTC final will be a test of captaincy for both Kane and Virat. As the wicket changes from day to day, it will be interesting to see how both Kane and Virat make those little tweaks in their strategies to stay ahead of the game,” the former New Zealand head coach added.
Mike Hesson said that the conditions in Southampton will make it challenging for the top-order batsmen and he is particularly interested in how India’s batters respond. India head coach Ravi Shastri said that it would be ideal if the WTC final was a 3-match series in the future. However, Hesson said that such a series would depend upon a number of factors.
“I am keen to see how India’s top-order fares against the swinging ball. The ball does a bit in Southampton and as the cross breeze comes into play — it can be a challenge for the batsmen. How the Indian top-order plays the NZ pacers could decide the outcome of the WTC final,” he stated.
“In this edition, we only have one final. It will be interesting to see if ICC does opt for the best-of-three final in the future. It will depend on a lot of factors such as venue, playing conditions and even time,” he observed.