India, May 15 -- If the World Test Championship final is held in India, New Zealand would be sent packing by the hosts inside three days, but that it's going to be played in England, and that too in the first half of the English summer, makes NZ a much bigger hurdle for India to cross to win the WTC.

It was fascinating listening to Tamim Iqbal candidly explaining his success in England as a top order batsman. He said he was lucky that every time he batted the sun came out and batting conditions became perfect; it wasn't the same for the rest, he said.

That's where playing in England becomes tricky; although the pitches have become flatter, there isn't much one can do about the overhead conditions. A flat pitch in overcast conditions doesn...