WTC 2021 Final: India and New Zealand are all set to compete in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, which begins tomorrow. New Zealand has an upper hand in this battle, as they have just won a test series against England, whereas India has not played a Test for months now.
It is a special tournament for both teams as it is the first of its kind and in the toughest format. The one-off Test at the Rose Bowl will end the two-year cycle of WTC, which was started in 2019, to find out the ultimate test champion.
The ICC started the WTC to bring relevance and popularity to test cricket, and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson believes it had been a success.
— ICC (@ICC) June 17, 2021
The ICC is happy with the growing response and interest towards the longest format of the game.
After losing the title to England in the last World Cup due to the now-scrapped boundary count rule, New Zealand now has another opportunity to become the World Champion and lift the WTC trophy.
Indian team has not played a test match since March. WTC is an opportunity for the Indian team to lift an ICC trophy under the captainship of Virat Kohli.
The top two teams in the #ICCTestRankings – #NewZealand and #India – will lock horns with each other in the first-ever #WorldTestChampionship (#WTC) final, starting on June 18, at the #AgeasBowl in #Southampton#WTCFinal2021 #WTCFinal #WTC21 #INDvsNZ https://t.co/ISKqAHDPh8
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) June 17, 2021
Both the captains, Kane and Virat, have very different leadership styles. The best of both will be witnessed at the Rose Bowl from 18th June.
Both the teams have released their 15 players squad on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (wk).
New Zealand Squad:
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young.