Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes the fast-paced IPL T20 format will be the biggest challenge for the Indian players going into the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against Australia. The much-anticipated final will take place at The Oval from June 7, and most of the Indian players have just finished their grueling participation in the IPL, with Chennai Super Kings emerging as champions for the fifth time.
Gavaskar expressed his concern about the adjustments required on switching from T20 to the longer format of Test cricket. In an interview with Star Sports on Tuesday, he said, “The biggest test will be that almost everyone is coming out of the T20 format, and Test cricket is a longer format. So, I think it’s going to happen.” ” big challenge.”
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He further pointed out that among the Indian players, only veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is used to the demands of the longer format because of his experience of playing county cricket. Gavaskar insisted, “They [India] There is only Cheteshwar Pujara who is playing in the English county championship, so he will be the only player who has played the longer format in these conditions, so it will be a big challenge for him.”
Gavaskar also highlighted the importance of Ajinkya Rahane’s experience in English conditions. Despite a recent dip in form, Rahane has put in strong performances in the IPL, helping Chennai Super Kings secure the title this season. Gavaskar acknowledged Rahane’s contribution and said, “He’s got a lot of experience playing in England, scoring runs in England. So, yes, I think he’s going to be important at No.5.”
With regard to Rahane, Gavaskar expressed his belief that the 34-year-old has a lot of cricket left in him and something to prove. He hoped that Rahane would take advantage of this opportunity to re-establish himself in the Indian team and extend his professional career. Gavaskar concluded, “I hope he is able to grab this opportunity with all his experience and carve out a place for himself in the Indian team.”
In short, Gavaskar expressed concern about Indian players moving from the T20 format of the IPL to the World Test Championship final. He stressed on the challenge of adapting to the longer format and highlighted the importance of Pujara’s experience and Rahane’s expertise in English conditions. Gavaskar expressed hope that Rahane would make the most of this opportunity to revive his career and secure a place in the Indian team.