ICC WTC Finals Live: It’s time! The big day is finally here. Virat Kohli’s men are ready to write a new chapter in Test cricket when they face Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the first-ever ICC World Test Championship Final at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton. If consistency has been key for Team India at home and overseas, the BlackCaps have relied on their perfect home record to tame their opponents. But beginning Friday, both sides will be playing at a neutral venue and both captains aiming to get their hands on their maiden ICC trophy.
“This is not just good cricket over the last seven, eight months, this is hard work and toil for the last four, five years.” 🗣
— ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2021
ICC WTC Finals Live: Ahead of the much-anticipated match, ICC released a promo with both captains — Virat Kohli & Kane Williamson — giving their thoughts on the ICC WTC journey.
The Big Day is here! 👏 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021
Indian team under Virat Kohli has declared their playing XI for the World Test Championship final. Though the wicket at Southampton is likely to have grass cover over on the surface and should help the seamers, the stats of the ground and even the past record of India’s matches at Southampton suggests – the winning formula on the wicket would be WIN THE TOSS & BAT FIRST.
IC WTC Finals LIVE – India vs New Zealand LIVE: First take a look at the playing XI where India has decided to go in with 3 pacers and 2 spinner combination. On the other hand, New Zealand is yet to announce their playing XI but conditions suggest they will rely more on their pacers to win the World Test Championship.
ICC WTC Finals Live: India Playing XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand (Likely XI): 1 Tom Latham, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 BJ Watling (wk), 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Ajaz Patel/Kyle Jamieson, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.