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WTC final: Ravichandran Ashwin could be the match-winner for India, feels Monty Panesar
While pundits keep talking about India's pace battery, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is a vital cog of the much-famed Indian bowling attack. To bring statistics into play, he is the first bowler in the 143-year history of Test cricket to dismiss 200 left-handed batsmen. Former English spinner Monty Panesar believes Ashwin could hold the key for India when they take on New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in Southampton. The Kiwi batting line-up is studded with left-handers and it could be just the motivation the off-spinner needs to go the extra mile.
"I think New Zealand is quite a good team and Conway had a great game against England. They have got few left-handers in there so I am sure Ashwin will probably be the first-choice spinner," Panesar told ANI.
"New Zealand looks a better team than I think a lot of people thought in England and they are kind of playing like a number one team in the world. I think it is going to be a great Test match between the two sides and it's not going to be easy for India," he mentioned.