After two years of hard fought battle between different teams, the 1st edition of World Cricket Championship (WTC) has reached its business end where India and New Zealand will meet in the final Starting tomorrow at the Rose Bowl , Southampton.
WTC Final is all about the clash of Fireball Kohli Armys & Ice cube Williamson Troops , where aggression meets calmness.
New Zealand couldn’t be better prepared for this great clash. In the two test series against England, they won 1-0 and tried up to 17 players in the lineup to prepare them for the game. The strong bowling attack has been of paramount importance in New Zealand’s surge to the finals and they will look to bank on them again in the finals. Addition of Devon Conway has strengthen their batting as well.
On the other hand, Virat army is high on confidence defeating the kangaroos in their own yard but Indain team has been light on preparation for this marque clash , the last test they played was against England that too 2 months ago . An intra-squad match simulation was all the practice they could gain ahead of the finale.
Both teams has the chance to win the ICC trophy is an important draw. New Zealand’s heartbreak in the last two ODI World Cup finals motivating them to make the right decision in this game. As the captain of India, Virat Kohli has always been the champion of the test cricket . This led to his team being seen as fierce competitors both at home and away. He desperately wants to win this game to consolidate his position.
WTC was implemented to add greater context to Test cricket rather than relying on bilateral series to sustain and secure the future of the longest format of the game.
.Both India and New Zealand have quality fast-bowling attacks who should find English conditions, and the Dukes ball, to their liking. The batting line-ups are experienced and proven. The only area where one side has a clear edge is in the spin bowling department where R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s pedigree for India is greater than Ajaz Patel’s is for New Zealand.
Weather Forecast :
If the forecast is anything to go by, the dreaded English summer rain could well be a constant companion during this match. There is, however, a reserve day and the outlook is improving so there remains hope of getting enough play for a positive result. If the game is drawn, the title will be shared.
Pitch Condition :
Head groundsman Simon Lee recently commented that he would look to produce a pitch with “pace, bounce and carry” for the finals. However, the weather conditions might make that harder as he himself admitted.
Line ups :
India Playing XI :
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand Possible XI:
Devon Conway, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner/Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult
Also , WTC final is ‘the single most important Test match ever played.