WTC Final: India And New Zealand Promise A Stiff Test In Title Clash
World Test Championship final: After a lot of turmoil due to the COVID-19 situation worldwide, the World Test Championship reaches its culmination with table-toppers India and New Zealand promising a great battle in Southampton from Friday, June 18.
- India will take on New Zealand in WTC final at Southampton from Friday
- India and New Zealand finished 1st and 2nd respectively on the WTC table
- If the match ends in a draw, the trophy will be shared by both sides
It has been a long and arduous journey for cricket, like all other sports and all walks of life, as the world struggled against a deadly virus and went silent almost everywhere, even as the titanic battle continued against the scrouge through this silence. Cricket had also fallen silent and by the time the stumps were placed again on grounds across the globe, many things had changed, from how the players would stay in bio-bubbles to how the cricket ball was to be treated on the ground, and many other rules. One critical rule to change was how success would be counted on the World Test Championship points tally, with percentages becoming factors instead of aggregate points. But India, with all the reverses, still had enough good work done before, and even during the continuing pandemic, to emerge on top and take on New Zealand, from Friday, June 18, and The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England.
While many players have said that this is "just another Test" for them, the result will have far-reaching consequences on how Test cricket is played henceforth.
For the two captains and teams involved, this is also a golden opportunity to carve their names in to history of cricket annals as the first winners of WTC.
Similarly, Kane Williamson was there to see the World Cup snatched from his hands in the most incredible final that saw a script that couldn't have been imagined.
So, both will be eager to finally have a world tournament under their belt,
In terms of skill, both sides are equally matched, though one could venture to say that New Zealand, with two matches against England under their belt, are more match-fit. No amount of practice games, as India had on their plans, match real-time matches.
Further, one could venture to think that the New Zealand would be more comfortable against swing bowling than the Indians. Conversely, the Indian spinners could be ahead, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja surely miles ahead.
Eventually, taking 20 wickets is what will provide a result, so it may just depend on who bowls better. But it promises to be one mighty battle.