World Test Championship Final: Indian pacer Ishant Sharma feels that the dukes’ ball will swing even without the use of saliva in the upcoming WTC Final against New Zealand at Southampton.
Last year, the ICC banned the use of saliva on the ball as a precautionary safety measure against COVID-19. Ishant said that if somebody from the Indian team takes the responsibility to maintain the ball then it will be easy to swing the ball even without the use of saliva.
“I think it is not that difficult. I think that the ball will swing even without the use of saliva & somebody needs to take the responsibility to maintain the ball. And if the ball is maintained well in these conditions then it really becomes easier for the bowlers to scalp wickets in these conditions”, said Ishant on Star Sports Cricket Connected. Ishant Sharma who has played 101 tests highlighted that the pacers will have to adapt to the changes that English conditions will offer.
“You need to train differently & adapt to changes. In India, you will get a reverse swing after some time, but in England, the length is fuller because of the swing. So you have to adjust to the lengths”, added Ishant Sharma.
Further talking about the weather conditions in England, Ishant emphasized the point that the weather in England is cooler so it takes time for the players to get acclimated to the weather conditions. He also said that due to quarantine, players didn’t get the chance to go on the ground & train. And the way players train in the gym is completely different from training on the ground. As a result, players require time to adjust to this change in training conditions, explained Ishant.
On Monday, the ICC Council has disclosed the prize money & award for the winners of the WTC final. The winners of the much-awaited WTC final will take home a whopping amount of USD 1.6 million along with the ICC Test Championship mace.
The losing team will get an amount of USD 800,000 for securing second place in the mega nine-team contest which has been played over a two-year cycle. The prize money for the team finishing third in the ICC World Test Championship standings is USD 4, 50,000. The team that has finished fourth & fifth on the standings will be awarded USD 3,50,000 & 200,000 respectively, while the remaining four teams will get USD 1,00,000 each.
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