Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has likened the T20 World Cup final featuring Australia and New Zealand to the tale of the Rabbit and the Tortoise. The T20 World Cup will see a new champion on Sunday as Trans-Tasman rivals face each other in the final on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium.
New Zealand defeated England by 5 wickets in the 1st semi-final in Abu Dhabi while the Aussies defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in Dubai in the second semi-final. Harbhajan claimed that if the Australian side ‘look to act as clever as the rabbit and go for an attacking approach’, then the BlackCaps could scalp some early wickets.
The veteran spinner said, “The journey of New Zealand and Australia in the T20 World Cup 2021 is similar to the story of the Turtle and Rabbit. If Australia look to act as clever as the rabbit and go for an attacking approach, then there are chances that they could lose some early wickets. New Zealand are known to play calculative cricket and they know which bowlers to target.”
I would give Kane the edge: Harbhajan
Speaking on his Youtube channel, Harbhajan also gave his views on the captaincy of both the skippers. He opined that Kane Williamson’s captaincy is better than his counterpart Aaron Finch.
“I would give Kane the edge because there are no superstars in the team. They follow their process in the very simplest manner, which is why they have been so consistent and successful. He is the backbone of this team and the temperament he has keeps him ahead of Finch,” Harbhajan stated.
Toss has played a crucial role in Dubai during the World Cup so far, with sides batting second getting some advantage with dew on the field. Scoring runs has not been so easy for batsmen in the middle overs. However, Harbhajan said that the pitch at the Dubai International Stadium is likely to favor the batters.
“It remains to be seen how much dew will be there. But the dew factor should not be given more importance over batting and bowling. It can be an excuse if you lose, but the final is all about handling the pressure. The team who can control their nerves better will come out on top,” Singh concluded.