Sanjay Manjrekar thinks that before the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy began on Thursday, all the necessary checks had been made. Rohit Sharma and company have Manjrekar’s support to reach the ICC World Test Championship final.
Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian batter, thinks that everything was in place before the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy began on Thursday. Host nation India, led by skipper Rohit Sharma, is aiming to defeat Australia in the fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in order to win the series and go to the second consecutive final of the ICC World Test Championship.
After defeating Australia twice to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India was defeated by Steve Smith and company in the third Test at Indore by a margin of nine wickets. Australia has qualified for the World Test Championship final with the victory. India, which is now in second place on the World Test Championship points table, may clinch a slot if it defeats Australia in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.
Hosts Only if Sri Lanka fails to completely destroy New Zealand in the present two-match Test series will India be able to approach the summit match with a draw. sharing his opinions during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series finale at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Manjrekar, a former cricketer for India, asserted that Sri Lanka cannot defeat New Zealand in the two-Test series.
“It’s a great setting when people are there, every seat was taken. World Test Championship takes for India, on the verge of getting there. I think India will get there. I don’t think Sri Lanka are capable of upsetting New Zealand,” Manjrekar told Star Sports.
If hosts India suffer a defeat in the fourth Test, Rohit and Co. can only seal their spot if New Zealand end up avoiding a 2-0 series defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka. “So I believe, India are already in the final. But, you still have to actually, you know, officially get there. So that tension was there. Plus the series hanging the way it has, Australia making that brilliant comeback in Indore and plus a figure like Narendra Modi at the ground. That buzz was there. Every box was ticked before the start of this Test,” he added.
Speaking of the first game of the series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, Kusal Mendis scored a valiant 87 from 83 deliveries as the visitors amassed 305-6 on the opening day of the first Test at Hagley Oval. Usman Khawaja’s brilliant century helped Australia score 255/4 in 90 overs on the first day of the fourth Test at Ahmedabad, which would decide the series between India and Australia.