Indian skipper Virat Kohli‘s secret weapon to simulate Neil Wagner has been revealed. With just a month to go for the inaugural World Test Championship final, the world’s top 2 sides at present: India and New Zealand are all set to provide us the clash of the decade in Test cricket. Both the teams have surpassed the most difficult challenges which were posed by various cricketing nations to secure the top 2 spots in the WTC points table for qualifying to the finals.
The present Indian batsmen are to face one of the best and highly experienced pace bowling attacks – Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee. This is surely going to be the real test for the Indian Batting Order. One of the real difficulties which the Indian top order are about to face is the abnormal but effective line of bowling of the 35 year old left arm fast medium bowler, Neil Wagner. His lines are weird but at the same time the opposition batsman has found it mystifying. Also the Kiwi bowlers would have the experience of bowling in almost all the tracks in England so they might surely have a better idea to draw a plan.
Meanwhile the Indian Skipper Kohli has prepared a secret weapon to withstand the fierce bowling attack of the Kiwis. He or the BCCI rather picked up a reserve bowler for the England tour squad of 24 members which no one had anticipated until then, who has the ability to provide of the simulation of the left arm fast medium kiwi bowler. It was a 23 year lad who had represented Gujarat side in the Ranji trophy, Arzan Nagwaswalla. “I like to bowl to a plan and set up a batsman up. I will do the same to our batsmen during the nets and make it tough for them so that they are match-ready,” the pacer told InsideSport.
Arzan Nagwaswalla has been picked to imitate Neil Wagner at the nets
This 23 year left arm Indian bowler is added to the squad to provide simulated bouncers and goof in-swingers for the Indian batsman during their preparations for the World Test Championship Finals, so that the Virat Kohli-led Men in Blue can withstand the Kiwi test.
The Gujarat left arm pacer opened up about his imitation of Jasprit Bumrah styled training which he had inculcated in his everyday session of practice which he is currently working in the pitches of local Gujarat grounds.
“Even after the training was over (at Mumbai Indians), Bumrah would train solo with just one stump. That really helped him in improving his line and length and also analyse the pitching of the ball. I have also started doing it now,” Nagwaswalla said.
The Kiwis are known both for their fierce bowling attack and impenetrable batting attack with world class batsman cum captain- Kane Williamson who is known for his calm and perfect execution of plans amidst most pressurizing situations. So, the Men in Blue is about to face numerous un-anticipated hurdles and obstacles before raising the inaugural WTC trophy.
India is set to fly for UK on May 19,2021 before completing a hard quarantine and COVID-19 test in Mumbai prior to boarding the chartered flights arranged by the BCCI. After reaching England the Men in Blue are again scheduled to go through 2 more weeks of hard quarantine to ensure the safety and health of the players of both the national side.
ICC WTC Final – India squad
India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; subject to fitness clearance).
Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla