Teams of India and New Zealand will face each other in the final of the first World Test Championship. Virat Kohli’s ‘aggression’ will face Kane Williamson’s ‘cool captaincy’ in this historic final starting Friday in Southampton.
India and New Zealand will face each other in the final of the first World Test Championship (WTC). Virat Kohli’s ‘aggression’ will face Kane Williamson’s ‘cool captaincy’ in this historic final starting Friday in Southampton. Team India will step into this title match amidst the expectations of crores of fans. This test match will be played from 3.00 pm Indian time.
Will Captain Kohli be able to get the title..?
As far as Kohli is concerned, despite being India’s most successful Test captain and among the best batsmen in the world, he has not been able to win any title. He has proved his mettle as a captain, although comparison with Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not been easy for him. Kohli needs one more title. The measure of success in India is considered to be a title and the kind of respect and love Dhoni got by getting the World Cup, Kohli must be missing it. He will come down to overcome that shortcoming through this final.
Kiwi captain Kane has a ‘big army’ on the other hand Williamson has an army of talented and darling cricketers from all over the world. Even though they are playing against India, there is no dearth of people who admire Williamson’s cover drive, Devon Conway’s attacking batting, Trent Boult’s bowling. He is the ‘gentleman’ of cricket who has been winning hearts with his game and conduct. After the World Cup final, there will hardly be any cricket lover who is not his admirer.
The Indian team’s challenge will not be easy for them. The winning team will get $ 1.6 million (about Rs 11.72 crore) as prize money along with the World Test Championship mace.
Big responsibility on Star Ashwin
There are many cricketers who could not win the World Cup and for them this final would be no less than the World Cup. Cheteshwar Pujara will be ready to take on Neil Wagner’s short deliveries on his body. Ajinkya Rahane has grown in stature after the series against Australia and he would like to maintain the momentum. Ravichandran Ashwin may not play the limited overs World Cup, so in this match, Williamson, Ross Taylor or Henry Nicholls would like to trouble with his carrom ball or slider.
Ishant’s experience will come in handy
India’s most experienced Test cricketer Ishant Sharma, who has been playing international cricket for 14 years, will be eager to win the World Championship. On paper, both the teams look level, but in favorable seam and swing conditions, the Kiwi bowlers can wreak havoc and England experienced this in the recent Test series.
The final match has its own pressure and who can understand it better than Rohit Sharma or Shubman Gill going to open the innings. Both will have to face the new ball from Tim Southee and Boult.
The real test of Rohit’s attitude
Rohit has been successful in India, but the real test of his technique and attitude will be in this final and then in the series against England. Rishabh Pant and Wagner’s competition will also be interesting. On the other hand, New Zealand’s new star Devon Conway will have to face Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
The teams are as follows –
India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohd. Shami.
Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jameson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Aijaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Will Young.