The inaugural edition of the World Test Championship is about to come to an end. The WTC final is scheduled to take place on June 18 in Southampton. India and New Zealand have had a fabulous run over the last two years to earn a place in the finals. To ensure neither side has any unfair advantage, the venue for the match is in England.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was all praises for the Indian bowling attack ahead of the summit clash. Williamson is excited to face the “brilliant side” in the final. “Yeah, they have got a fantastic attack. Brilliant, obviously a brilliant side. Throughout we have seen the depth they have as well, certainly saw that in Australia as well.”
“A lot of strengths in their fast bowling and spin department. So yeah, a brilliant side, ranked right up the top, which is fair enough and an exciting opportunity for us to be involved in the final taking on the best,” he told ICC.
Both the captains, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli, share a great bond off the field. They have been playing against eacj other since their U19 days. The Kiwi skipper is looking forward to reconnecting with Kohli in the final. The last time the two sides met in an ICC tournament, New Zealand had the better of India in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup.
“Yeah, hard case. Over the years, we have played against each other in so many different levels and competitions and have known each other fairly well. So, it will be quite cool walking out there, doing the toss and having a bit of contact in the first Test Championship Final.“
“The two Tests against England before the WTC final are important matches,” Kane Williamson
The Williamson-led New Zealand side is currently playing a two-match Test series against England. Kane Williamson feels that the series is crucial ahead of the WTC final. “Yeah, the two Tests against England before the WTC final are important matches and ones the guys are looking forward to. But naturally, there is a carrot at the end that has taken a long time to, I suppose, to accumulate points and have the opportunity to be involved in it.”
“To get that chance is exciting and the guys know it. You know it’s sort of the third Test match of the mini-series I suppose, and they are really excited to be involved,” Williamson adds.
The flamboyant batsman hails the WTC as a great addition for Test cricket. ICC came up with the Championship to add some context to the longest format of the game. and Williamson feels that it has served to the end in its inaugural edition. “Oh yeah, it is something new and different. They have looked to bring about more context to the Test format and I think we saw it at the end of the competition, teams trying to push their case for qualifying which made way for a lot of exciting results. We saw in Australia, in New Zealand, a lot of teams had a chance to get through.”
“I thought it proved to be great adding that context and for us to see ourselves in the position we are in the finals now. It is exciting. We are looking forward to that when we are taking on the top-rank side in the world. We know how strong they are and the depth they have. So exciting to be playing against each other at a neutral venue,” he signed off.