Kohli might struggle if the ball moves in Southampton: Glenn Turner

New Delhi: Former New Zealand captain and coach Glenn Turner said India skipper Virat Kohli will be vulnerable against New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship if Southampton’s conditions help in swing and seam bowling.

“I don’t want to speculate about whether Kohli’s reflexes have deteriorated. But if the pitch and overall conditions favor seam and swing, they are also likely to clash with others as was shown in New Zealand,” said former opener Turner, who has scored over 150 in ODIs. The first batsman was quoted as saying by The Telegraph newspaper.

“Once again, the conditions are going to be critical. I think it is fair to say that home conditions, where the batsmen are brought in, play an important role in a player’s technique and skill… English conditions are usually closer to New Zealand.

“Although it seems that in recent times, pitches in India can help with seam bowling, yet they cannot be compared with the conditions in New Zealand. This was revealed when India last toured New Zealand.

India last toured New Zealand for a series in 2020 in which they played two Test matches. The Virat Kohli-led Indian team lost both the Tests as the batsmen struggled to handle the Kiwi bowling attack.

Kohli struggled, scoring just 38 runs in four innings at an average of 9.5.

The tour proved to be disappointing for India’s batsmen.

India’s best batsman on that tour was Mayank Agarwal, who averaged 25.5 while Cheteshwar Pujara averaged 25.

Earlier, former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee had also said that New Zealand has a marginal advantage due to England’s position being similar to New Zealand.

“I’m thinking with New Zealand’s experience because they have bowled in conditions that are similar at home, you talk about the spin of the ball, you talk about something in the wicket, something will happen, it can happen. Suitable for fast bowling, swing bowling. So I think the Kiwis can purely benefit from this fact,” Lee had said in an interview with the International Cricket Council (ICC).


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