World Test Championship 2021
India vs. New Zealand
Fri, 18th June
THE ULTIMATE TEST:
Team India are back in action as they look for a historic victory at the cost of the Black Caps. The Indians have been on a roll in Test cricket recently with series triumphs over England and Australia in the last six months.
Their bowling line-up is perhaps the best in the industry, with Jasprit Bumrah at the controls. India will look to play both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, adding some much-required balance and depth to the team. Nevertheless, the burden will be on skipper Virat Kohli, who hasn’t notched an international century in over a year, to set the record straight in the final encounter.
Possible playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Chesteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant (wk), Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
Nevertheless, it isn’t going to be simple against New Zealand. The Kiwis start into the game on the back of a spectacular win over England, despite Kyle Jamieson and Kane Williamson missing the second game.
The inclusion of Devon Conway has filled a void in the batting roster, which already possesses world-champions Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, and Tom Latham. All eyes will be on the speed duo of Kyle Jamieson and Trent Boult, given their recent triumph in Test cricket.
Possible playing XI: Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme/Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling/Tom Blundell (wk), Ajaz Patel, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The World Test Championship (WTC) final 2021 between New Zealand and India is set to take place at the Rose Bowl in Southampton from Friday.
An aggressive wicket with help available for both batters and bowlers is anticipated at the Rose Bowl for the WTC final. As seen in the English Test County Championship, the speedsters will get the ball to move and swing around in the early period, with the spin bowlers coming into play as the ball gets old. The batters will need to keep an eye out for movement off the wicket. The spinners should play a major role as the match progresses, with both teams expected to prefer batting first upon winning the toss.
The last time the two teams met in the Test arena, New Zealand destroyed the Indians, courteousness of a fast-bowling masterclass. But with India advancing and backing their strengths, an even contest summons in Southampton. Although rain is anticipated to have a say, a captivating contest is in store as both sides look to become the first-ever champions of the World Test Championship.
India trails at the odds of 3.55, New Zealand is at the odds of 2.90, whereas a draw is at 2.40. But these odds are a matter of a good session. We believe India has a healthier Test team than New Zealand, no matter what the circumstances. India lost to New Zealand 2-0 the last time they played against each other but that was in New Zealand with the Indian team still emerging. Out of the two sides, India is really the one that travels better, and we believe it could certainly win this game.