Over two years and 71 test matches, the globe now has its two finalists: India and New Zealand, for one of the most eagerly anticipated finals of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final. An exciting battle between the men in blue and the blackcaps will take place from 18th June-22nd June at the Ageas Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton. The team that will bring out their best over the five days will be crowned as the World Test Champions.
India are coming off to this match after a break of around three months. They last played England at home where they came out on top 3-1 to qualify for the finals. The men in blue haven’t had match practice as they began training at Southampton just a week ago. However, they played an intrasquad game that saw some notable performances from Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Ishant Sharma, and Ravindra Jadeja.
Virat Kohli will look to seek revenge for the 2019 World Cup defeat and the 2-0 loss to the Kiwis last year. Along with that, he will also eye for his 71st century for which fans have been waiting for the past two years.
On the other hand, New Zealand are coming off a memorable 1-0 victory against the home team, England. They would be high on confidence after this victory and also would be well prepared to tackle the English conditions. The Kiwis saw some outstanding performances from the likes of debutant Devon Conway, who scored a magnificent double century in the first game, Tim Southee, and many other players.
Kane Williamson would be keen to up his form and guide the Kiwis towards victory and compensate for the heartbreaking 2019 World Cup defeat.
Probable Playing XIs for WTC Final
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (WK), Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner
Match: India vs New Zealand, WTC Final
Date and Time: June 18th, 2021, 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Ageas Rose Bowl, Southampton
The pitch at the Ageas Rose Bowl will offer a good amount of movement and swing in the initial two days. The batsmen will look to see off the new ball and try to play it slow. Spinners might come into the action from Day 4 onwards only if there are no showers.
Both the teams would opt to bowl first on account of winning the toss.
IND vs NZ Dream 11 Fantasy Suggestion
Rishabh Pant, BJ Watling, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Kane Williamson, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Captain: Virat Kohli Vice-captain: Kane Williamson