ICC WTC Final Weather Forecast – India vs New Zealand Final: Bad news for fans, rain forecast in Southampton during IND vs NZ WTC final – The much-anticipated World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand could be interrupted with bouts of rain during the entire five days of the Test starting June 18 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. It could force the two captains Virat Kohli of India and Kane Williamson of New Zealand to share the inaugural ICC WTC trophy.
ICC WTC Final Weather Forecast – India vs New Zealand Final: Former England spinner Monty Panesar posted a weather forecast for Southampton on Monday that shows a 70-80% chance of rain during those days including the reserve day on June 23.
— Monty Panesar (@MontyPanesar) June 14, 2021
ICC WTC Final Weather Forecast – India vs New Zealand Final: As per Weather Channel and AccuWeather, Southampton will see a thunderstorm on June 17 and 18 with 80% chances of rain. There has also been a yellow warning issued for a thunderstorm on both days. Day 2 is expected to be cloudy but with little chance of rain while 1.5 hours of rain. An intermittent shower is predicted for all five days.
ICC WTC Final Weather Forecast – India vs New Zealand Final: Bad weather forecast could heavily influence team selection
The prospect of rain does create a problem. It will not only jeopardise the inaugural ICC WTC Final and a result but with rain forecast on June 17, both teams will miss all-important practice on June 17. Furthermore, heavy rain at night could dampen the outfield and pitch, leading to a change in tactics for both captains Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.
If the weather is dry and sunny, spinners could get assistance on the last two days. With India boasting two world-class spinners besides Washington Sundar, Virat Kohli could have gone with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja both in a 3+2 combination. But the weather forecast could force him to go with four pacers — Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj who could take advantage of the overcast and windy conditions.
ICC WTC Final Weather Forecast – India vs New Zealand Final: For Kane Williamson’ New Zealand, overcast conditions will be a great advantage as the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee can swing the ball both ways while the raw pace of Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson under such poor conditions could be difficult to face.
However, the prospect of a draw and washout on Day 1 is likely if the weather forecast holds ground. If rain washes out further days’ of play, it will be an anti-climax as the cricket world will be devoid of its first world champion in Test cricket.