ICC WTC Final Predictions – 8 Cricket Legends Predict Result of India vs New Zealand Finals: Virat Kohli’s Team India will take on Kane Williamson-led India in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final (ICC WTC Final) beginning June 18. As Team India has already reached Southampton ahead of the match, the hype has started building around it, especially many considering it as the World Cup of Test cricket. While an overwhelming majority of former and current cricketers including Pat Cummins, Michael Vaughan and Brett Lee have picked New Zealand as the favourites, former greats like Richard Hadlee believes it’s too close to call a winner in advance.
ICC WTC Final Predictions – 8 Cricket Legends Predict Result of India vs New Zealand Finals: The fact that New Zealand will have played two Test matches in England will help Kane Williamson & Co acclimatise to the conditions, something that Virat Kohli’s men will be missing gives the team a slight advantage. In fact, Team India will go without any match practice for over a month. Furthermore, before the ICC WTC Final on June 18, there will be no practice matches in England. All they have to depend on is long net sessions to get adjusted to the swing of Dukes balls.
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Michael Vaughan – New Zealand win: Former England captain Michael Vaughan is one of those to believe Kane Williamson’s men will have the advantage and they will win convincingly. He told Spark Sport that English conditions and Dukes ball will help the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
“New Zealand will win. English conditions, the Dukes ball and India on the back of a busy schedule… they’ll arrive pretty much a week before and go straight into it. New Zealand have two test matches. You could argue warmups against England to get them prepared for the final,” Michael Vaughan said.
Brett Lee – Advantage NZ: Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee believes the match will be evenly poised with Kiwis getting a slight advantage thanks to the familiarity of conditions. But from a batting perspective, it will be evenly matched.
“I think it is pretty evenly matched there. I am thinking, though, with the experience of New Zealand because they have bowled in conditions which are similar back home…it may be conducive to fast bowling, to swing bowling. So that is where I think that the Kiwis might have an advantage purely from that fact,” Brett Lee told the ICC’s official website.
ICC WTC Final Predictions: Brendon McCullum – NZ advantage: Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is expected to be a little biased and he showed that handing Kane Williamson’s men a 60-40 advantage in the match.
“The match practice that New Zealand are going to have leading into the final could just tilt it in their way. I think it’s going to be close. Just as New Zealand respects India, as a fan, I will respect India, knowing how good they are and the fighting spirit they have. I think 60-40 in favour of New Zealand. It’s going to be close,” he told India Today.
VVS Laxman – India favourites: Similarly, former India batsman and Test legend VVS Laxman said India would be favourites to lift the inaugural ICC WTC title. He said New Zealand will definitely have an advantage but it’s Virat Kohli’s Men in Blue who will start as favourites.
“Both the teams are good, but I think India will start as favourites because of the way the Indian team has played – not only over the last couple of years but over a period of time,” he told Sportstar.
ICC WTC Final Predictions: Pat Cummins – NZ win: Australia quick and vice-captain in Test, Pat Cummins picked New Zealand as the winner. Pat Cummins said that the overcast conditions will be a great advantage to the likes of Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
“It is going to be a good match. I think there has been a lot of rain in England from what I have seen in the news. I think, in terms of conditions, it is probably close to New Zealand conditions,” Pat Cummins said in a question-and-answer session with fans on YouTube.
Monty Panesar – India win: However, former England spinner Monty Panesar has picked Virat Kohli’s men as the winner. Unlike others, Panesar believes the Southampton track will have some turn as the days proceed and with India having two quality spinners in their ranks in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, India will win the match.
“I think the Southampton wicket will help the spinners and also the fact that New Zealand players don’t play spin very well will give India the edge,” Panesar told IANS.
“We didn’t defeat them now as well. The team which won in Australia had lost in New Zealand while it was almost a full-strength side. There could be problems in Southampton as well. I don’t rule India out but it is 55-45 in favour of New Zealand,” he said.
ICC WTC Final Predictions: Sir Richard Hadlee – Difficult to pick a winner: New Zealand great Richard Hadlee was expected to have some bias. However, he is the only former cricketer who has refused to pick a winner, calling it too close to call.
“It’s too difficult to call a winner. Both teams have high-class batsmen so it will be an interesting game to watch. It is too difficult to call a winner at this stage,” he told ICC.
ICC WTC Final Predictions – 8 Cricket Legends Predict Result of India vs New Zealand Finals