Being a little under-prepared can work in our favour during WTC final

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Bharat Arun and R Sridhar talk about the challenges posed by quarantine restrictions and how they will plan for the England tour

Quarantine restrictions might hamper the Indian team’s preparations for the World Test Championship final in England but bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar feel that the players’ abundant experience will be enough to counter that challenge.

India are expected to depart for the UK in the first week of June following a week of hard quarantine. It is not yet known if they will be allowed to train ahead of the WTC final against New Zealand during their quarantine in Southampton. The match starts on June 18. India are also scheduled to play five Tests against England in August.

“I don’t think we have a choice,” Sridhar told PTI when asked how much time the team will need to be ready for the final. “We would like to make the most of what we get because it all depends on how many days of hard or soft quarantine we are going to have, when we are going to land and if at all getting a practice game, so I don’t think we have a choice.”