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WTC Final: New Zealand will have an advantage but we are not worried about that, says Cheteshwar Pujara

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Cheteshwar Pujara is confident of Team India’s chances in the upcoming ICC World Test Championship Final and said that they are not worried about New Zealand’s advantage of having played in England just before the big clash in Southampton.

Cheteshwar Pujara looked solid in the middle during Team India’s intra-squad practice match in Southampton (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NZ played 2 Tests against England, winning the series 1-0 on Sunday
  • Team India are preparing for the WTC Final by playing intra-squad practice games
  • We’ll try to make the most of these few days that we have for our preparation: Cheteshwar Pujara

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara admitted that New Zealand will have an advantage of having played two Tests in England before the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final but they are not too worried about that aspect.

New Zealand and England faced each other in a two-Test series which the visitors won on Sunday after beating the hosts in the second match at Edgbaston inside 4 days. It’s the first time New Zealand won a Test series in England since 1999 and third triumph overall.

Team India on the other hand, are preparing for the WTC Final by playing intra-squad practice games after coming out of their hotel quarantine in Southampton.

“New Zealand will have that advantage of having played 2 Tests here before the final but when it comes to the final, we will give our best and we know that our team has the potential to do well and win the championship.

“We are not worried about that (NZ advantage), we will try and focus only on these few days that we have for our preparation and we’ll try to make the most of what we have. If we utilise these days well then our team will be up for the final,” Pujara said on bcci.tv.

Overcoming challenges
Bonding like never before
Reliving last 2 years’ performance #TeamIndia’s Test vice-captain @ajinkyarahane88 & @cheteshwar1 reflect on the side’s march to the ICC #WTC21 Final

Watch the full interview https://t.co/7nld2kH1uZ pic.twitter.com/cbxfS3K4tX

— BCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 2021

The Saurashtra cricketer also spoke about playing cricket in bio-bubbles amid the coronavirus pandemic and conceded that the team has become quite close in these challenging times.

“Playing cricket during the pandemic has been challenging, the guys have managed it well. We have come very close because we have spent a lot of time together,” Pujara added.

India and New Zealand will play the WTC Final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from June 18.

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