ICC congratulates New Zealand for winning WTC title, praises Indian team

To give more importance to the longest format of the game, the WTC in 2019 ended with the final two and a half years after its inception.

ICC World Test Championship Final 2021, India vs New Zealand: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday congratulated New Zealand for winning the first World Test Championship (WTC) title by defeating India in a thrilling final. This is the first major ICC trophy of the year 2000 for New Zealand. The team had earlier reached the ODI World Cup final twice in a row in 2015 and 2019. New Zealand bundled out the Indian team’s second innings for 170 runs in a close match. The team then got a target of 139 runs to win in the second innings at Southampton, which they achieved at the loss of two wickets.

ICC Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Geoff Allardyce said, “I would like to congratulate the Black Caps (New Zealand cricket team), the first World Test champions, who showed great skill and passion to become the best Test team in the world.” ‘

“I would also like to congratulate the Indian team, which consistently performed well to qualify for the finals and came so close to winning,” he said.

Allardyce said that both the teams showed great skill and it was the finest match of Test cricket that cricket fans around the world will remember for a long time. “The match was played in a good spirit which showed the respect both the teams have for each other,” he said.

The first and fourth days of play were completely washed out due to bad weather and the match was played on the reserve (sixth) day, during which New Zealand got a chance to pick up the Test mace. Allardyce said, “During the two-year World Test Championship, both Kane (Williamson) and Virat (Kohli) have never hidden their desire to win the Test mace. This can be clearly seen in the last six days. It was a fitting match between two of the best Test teams in the world that made the match exciting.

To give more importance to the longest format of the game, the WTC in 2019 ended with the final two and a half years after its inception. “The conclusion of the first season of the World Test Championship is a special moment for our sport as it is an event that took a long time to complete. It has however clearly demonstrated the importance of Test cricket in the last two years. I am looking forward to its second season with the series between England and India in about a month.

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