WTC Final: Team India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour is impressed with the openers Shubham Gill & Rohit Sharma

Former player and current Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour after day two stumps said that a first innings score of 250-plus will put India in a good position against New Zealand, keeping the current conditions in mind during the ongoing World Test Championship Final in Ageas Bowl cricket stadium.

Former player and current Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour after day two stumps said that a first innings score of 250-plus will put India in a good position against New Zealand, keeping the current conditions in mind during the ongoing World Test Championship Final in Ageas Bowl cricket stadium.

After Day 1 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final was washed out due to rain, the match finally got underway on Saturday in Southampton. India batting first ended the short second day on 146 for 3 with skipper Virat Kohli batting on 44 off 124 balls in company with his deputy Ajinkya Rahane 29 not out off 79 balls.

The batting coach said at the day-end press conference. “We would like to score as many runs as possible but 250 plus will be a reasonable score in these conditions,” The batting coach applauded openers Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma for giving a positive start to the Indian team, as the duo played a partnership for 62 runs.

Rathour said: “Batting is about scoring runs. Rohit and Gill showed a lot of intent and looked to score wherever they can.

“Hats off to Virat and Rahane for the manner in which they batted but a lot of credit should also got to the openers,” he added.

Indian Batting coach also feels that once the Dukes’ ball got a bit older, it started swinging much more, because of which scoring runs became a bit difficult. “I think when the ball got a bit older, it started swinging more. Also, the New Zealand pacers hit good areas during the second session.”

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