ICC World Test Championship Final 2019–2021 India v/s New Zealand
The countdown for the first ever ICC World Test Championship Final for the season 2019 – 2021 has begun. The final is scheduled from 18th – 22nd June at The Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton, England.
Table topper India takes on New Zealand in the 1st ever WTC final starting from 18th June 2021. An interesting feature of ‘Reserve Day’ is added to accommodate any hours/day loss during the scheduled play. ICC has announced that in case of draw or tie, both teams will be declared joint winners, sharing the trophy.
ICC has appointed Richard Illingworth and Michael Gough as the on-field match officials for the WTC final. The winner will walk away with a prize money of USD 1.6 million and the coveted ICC Test Championship Mace.
Route to the final
Due to the unwarranted Covid-19 pandemic and several series getting postponed, the league positions were identified through percentage of points earned. New Zealand earned the first spot when Australia postponed their SA tour. India earned the other spot after defeating the touring England team as table topper.
While enroute to the grand finale, India played six with just one away series loss against New Zealand. New Zealand on the other hand played five series, lost against Australia, draw against Sri Lanka, winning the rest three.
Both teams have a completely contrasting preparation for the WTC final to acclimatize to the English conditions. Team India focused on training and practice sessions with a 4-day friendly among themselves. New Zealand played a 2-test series against England which they won 1-0.
Team New Zealand has an added advantage with all its players match-ready and fit, India on the other hand will be banking on fresh legs, mix of youth and experience.
Key Players to Watch Out
Devon Conway has significantly attracted the global attention with a double ton in his debut match and Man-of-the-Series award. Indian think-tank must be wary of the new kid on the bloc. New Zealand has a formidable batting line-up with Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell and impressive Kyle Jamieson. The bowling department too compliments the composition with all experienced Trent Boult and Tim Southee leading the pack.
India too has a solid batting line-up with Captain Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane. The player to watch out for will be Rishabh Pant and New Zealand will surely be planning to get him early. In bowling department India will be banking on pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj & Mohammed Shami and most experienced R Ashwin in the spin department.
15-member Team squad for the ICC World Test Championship Final has been announced by both the teams.
BCCI announces 15-member team squad on 15th June for the WTC final.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shubhman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav.
New Zealand confirmed list of 15-members for WTC final
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (vc), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin De Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Henry Nicholls, Ajaj Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young.
- Match Schedule: June 18 – 22, 2021
- Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
- On-field Umpires: Richard Illingworth / Michael Gough
- Match Timings: 15:30 IST / 10:00 AM GMT / 11:00 AM Local onwards
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