New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen hailed India’s wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant as a dangerous batter and also admitted that the young southpaw can change the course of the game at any point in time. Team India is all set to play the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand in Southampton. The historic final will be played between June 18 and June 22.
Ahead of the WTC Final, New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen opened up about the batsman from the opposition who can be a huge threat to their team. Since it is an ICC tournament final, everyone is backing India’s senior players – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to play match-winning knocks. However, the opposition bowling coach has picked the rookie Rishabh Pant as the game-changer.
“Well, Pant is an extremely dangerous player who can change the game on its head. We saw how well he did it against Australia and England. He’s extremely positive-minded, but with that comes potentially the opportunity to take his wicket,” Jurgensen told The Telegraph.
‘Our bowlers need to execute well, stay calm and make it as difficult as possible for Pant to score runs’
During the interview, he added that their bowlers need to execute their plans well and should keep Pant away from scoring runs. “Our bowlers need to execute well, stay calm and make it as difficult as possible for Pant to score runs. He’s certainly a free-flowing batsman and a tough one to stop, which we should keep in mind,” he added.
The bowling coach also pointed out that India has a challenging bowling attack. He said that they have huge amount of options available in the squad. “It’s a challenging bowling attack that India has. A lot of options are available for them. It’ll be a very, very stiff challenge we could face from Bumrah to Shardul, who’s an all-rounder and has done well in Australia too. There’s Mohammed Siraj and even their spinners, who can spin it both ways. It’s a group of formidable, outstanding Test bowlers,” he concluded.