The Australian team will talk about Pujara. Pujara has been a thorn in their side many times in the past and in Australia.
They know they have to take him early, Ponting said on The ICC Review Podcast.
Meanwhile, Pujara is enjoying a great season in cricket, as he made three tons for the Sussex team. His form for England is a shot in the arm for an Indian team that has been plagued by a string of injuries and the absence of key players.
Ponting also thinks former India skipper Virat Kohli is a difficult opponent for them and said: The Australian team will be talking about Virat. There is no doubt about that.
When asked about the key match he is looking forward to the most, Ponting said: Knowing the English conditions, I would say it will be the opening batsman versus the opening bowler, because usually English conditions are those of bowling a new ball.
If you bowl the new ball well, you can do early damage. If you bowl the new ball well, you can set up a game for your team early.
Later in the podcast, when host Sanjana Ganesan asked Ponting about his prediction for the winner of the WTC final, the great batting great said that Australia had an advantage because they had played in similar conditions to Oval recently.
If you look at the conditions at the Oval, they are much more similar to what Australian players in Australia are used to than what Indian players are used to playing in. From that point of view, I would give a slight advantage to Australia.
The former captain also shed light on how injuries to both teams will affect their performance in the final test.
He (Josh Hazlewood) might not even be considered for selection. That leaves a bit of a hole in Australia’s armor, he said.
Australia probably has the advantage now because if you look at India’s injury problems: KL is ruled out, Umesh Yadav is under a cloud of injuries, he added.
Speaking of K.L.’s absence from the lineup, Ponting said that if he had to pick a wicketkeeper, he would choose Ishan Kishan over K.S. Bharat.
They (Team India) have to make a decision about their keeper. Before K.L. didn’t get injured, I thought they could play with Bharat in the same team, but I don’t think they will do that now, he said.
They should pI don’t know who their best keeper is. If with them, knowing the importance of this game, when you have to win this test match, if you want to be crowned as world test champion, I would choose Ishaan Kishan.
I think he provides a little bit of that X factor that you might need when you’re going to seek victory in a test match.
If Rishabh Pant were fit, he would play, but since he’s not there, I think Kishan provides a little bit more of the X-factor, will work well with his gloves, but can provide a really high scoring rate that you might need, he added.