The World Test Championship is finally over. The two-year journey of nine teams ended with New Zealand being crowned the inaugural WTC champions.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor‘s sturdy partnership in the second innings helped the Kiwis win the maiden WTC. However, Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin gave a scare to the black caps with two wickets in quick succession.
Ravi Ashwin makes cricket history books
Although team India lost the WTC final, there was some good news for the Indian fans. Veteran spin bowler, Ravi Ashwin finished the World Test Championship with more wickets than any other bowler.
Ashwin bowled a total of 549.5 overs over 14 matches in the tournament. He finished the tournament with 71 wickets. While Australian pace bowler, Pat Cummins was right behind him with 70 wickets in his bag.
The 34-year-old’s performance was one of the few things that went in India’s way at Southampton. For the game, he finished with 4 wickets.
Despite the veteran spinner’s efforts, there was only so much he could do. Virat Kohli and most of the batting lineup was no match for the New Zealand bowling attack.
Moving forward, the Men in Blue will hope to take revenge in November 2021, where they will face NZ at home in a two-Test match series as part of the second edition of the World Test Championship.
What’s next for team India?
With the WTC finally over, India will play England up next. The team would hope for a different result than they achieve against New Zealand. But the job won’t be easy for them by any means.
England is a formidable opponent and will surely put up a great fight. After all, they themselves are coming fresh from a defeat against New Zealand as well.
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