WTC Final – India vs NZ: Key battles in clash between Strength and Method; BCCI announces playing XI
Updated: Jun 18
Back in 2009, the former New Zealand skipper, Martin Crowe came up with the idea of hosting the World Test Championship in a bid to boost the interest in the longest format. Come 2021, another New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson has marshalled his troops to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC). Facing them in the summit clash are the Indian Cricket Team, led by global icon Virat Kohli.
Both the teams will battle it out from June 18-22 in what will be arguably the biggest game in the history of Test Cricket. The Men in Blue despite starting their campaign with seven consecutive wins had to fight out till their very last Test to book their place in the summit clash. Eventually, India and New Zealand emerged as the two finalists with 520 and 420 points respectively, as on June 12, 2021.
Kiwis – Methodical and persistent
It was New Zealand who defeated India in the heart-crushing ICC 2019 World Cup semi-final. It was New Zealand who put a stop to India’s 7-match winning streak in the World Test Championship. And, once again, it’s New Zealand whom India would face in the final of the WTC. How the Men in Blue fare against the Blackcaps this time around remains to be seen.
The conditions and winning momentum are certainly in favour of the Blackcaps. They might not have started their WTC campaign on an auspicious note but their recent form is nothing short of exemplary. The Blackcaps are coming into the encounter on the back of a 1-0 series win against England in England.
With an overseas series win against a strong team like England, the Kiwis would be brimming with confidence. Their positive mindset on the field is going to be a big plus. The inclusion of Devon Conway has only strengthened them as a unit. Add to that the fact that Kane Williamson will be back to lead the unit after missing out due to an injury in the second Test against England.