Two consecutive World Cup finals and now the final of the World Test Championship, New Zealand have been really consistent in all ICC events lately, however, the tag of underdog has stayed with them. However, Ajit Agarkar has warned that India shouldn't make the mistake of taking the Kiwi nation lightly and give their all to beat New Zealand in the WTC final.
"I hope not. I don't think the Indian team would be guilty to underestimate the Kiwis. I think the underdog tag has gone away from New Zealand. Every ICC tournament you look at - okay, this is the first of its kind, Test championship - every ICC tournament, whether it's the T20 World Cup, the Champions Trophy, the World Cup; they always turn up, they're always there in the thereabout," said Agarkar on Star Sports' show 'Cricket Connected'.
"If not the finals, then in the quarterfinals or the semi-finals. And that's a testament to their consistency. So, the underdog tag should go. Yes, there are, perhaps bigger names in some of the other teams and that's why you count them as favorites. So, I don't think India will be underestimating them. They beat India comprehensively well when India toured New Zealand and the conditions are likely to be very similar to what India got in New Zealand. So, India will have to play well to beat New Zealand in this contest," he added.
New Zealand are already in England for a two-match Test series, starting June 2, and will then move to Southampton for the WTC final against India, who are slated to reach the English nation on Thursday.