Auckland, 30/5 (AO Bureau): New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner feels the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India is like a World Cup final for him as he has never played limited overs cricket for his country. The first WTC final will be played at Southampton from 18 to 22 June. Wagner is currently ranked third in the list of bowlers in the ICC Test rankings. This Kiwi bowler has taken 219 wickets in 51 Tests. Wagner, a left-arm fast bowler, is known for his speed as well as great precision bouncers.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Wagner said, “Yes, it is like a World Cup final for me. The biggest disappointment in my career is that I have never played limited overs cricket for New Zealand and never made it to the T20 or ODI team. “This 35-year-old player said,” Now I have a chance And I don’t think such an opportunity will come again. For me now all the focus and energy have to be on Test cricket and playing in the final of the World Test Championship is like a World Cup for me.
Wagner’s eyes set on WTC finals
In March, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had said the same thing. According to him, the WTC final will be like a World Cup final for many players. New Zealand are currently in England and are preparing for the two-Test series against the hosts, but Wagner is eyeing the WTC final. He said, “I know this is the first final and there is not much history attached to it but it is a very big start.” Wagner said, “India is one of the best teams in the world right now and one against Playing Test matches is an opportunity to test yourself at the top level. It will be really exciting, but I want to take it like another Test match. It will be a really special occasion. ”Read also:
Why is Neil Wagner a threat to India?
Neil Wagner has improved his performance a lot in the last 2-3 years. He has troubled many veteran batsmen on the basis of his aggressive bowling. Wagner’s record is tremendous against every strong team. He has taken 24 wickets in 4 matches against Australia. Wagner has taken 37 wickets in 9 matches against England. Wagner has taken 22 wickets in 6 matches against South Africa. Wagner has taken 18 wickets in 5 matches against India. It is clear that this Kiwi bowler is the biggest threat to India in the final of the World Test Championship.