World Test Championship Final Preview
The final of the first ICC World Test Championship (2019-21) is finally upon us. After the cancellation of the tournament in 2013 and 2017, it began in 1 August 2019 with the Ashes series. New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the finals and with the series between South Africa and Australia being cancelled , India’s win over England was Enough to take them to the finals. The top 2 ranked test teams will battle it out to be the first ICC World Test Championship winner.
New Zealand began their journey to the finals with 1-1 series draw against Sri-Lanka. They then travelled to Australia where they lost the series 3-0. After the diassapointing Australia tour, they have dominated their home season with series win over India, West-Indies and Pakistan to ensure their place in the final.
India began their journey in an amazing fashion winning their first 3 series against West-Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh. They then travelled to New Zealand and lost convincingly. After that they have not looked back defeating Australia 2-1 and England 3-1 to book their place in final.
Player to watch out
The South Africa born New Zealand opener had a great start to his test career scoring 200 against England in Lord’s. The start will be key for both the teams and if he can deliver in similar way, he will surely make an impact in the result of the match.
Kane Williamson vs Ravichandran Ashwin
The world no.1 test batsman has had a trouble facing R. Ashwin, the finger spinner has got him out 5 times in 9 innings. Williamson has scored 146 runs with the strike rate of 60.33. With Williamson being the key player in New Zealand team, this battle may well decide the outcome of the match.
Ajinkya Rahane vs Tim Southee
New Zealand quick has dominated Indian vice captain in the red ball format. Southee have dismissed Rahane 4 times in 6 innings with Rahane scoring only 24 runs with the strike rate of 21.82.
Player of the Match
With the final taking place at Lord’s, it is going to favour swing bowlers. Trent Boult being an excellent swing bowler is going to trouble Indian batsman. He also has excellent record against India, Taking 36 wickets in 9 matches.
The two best teams featuring some of the biggest names in Cricket, will battle it out for the ultimate prize in test cricket. Who will come out on top!!