ICC WTC Final LIVE, Ind vs NZ: After two years of enthralling cricket, the inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final is upon us and fittingly it pits the two best two teams, India and New Zealand, against each other for the ‘Ultimate glory’. It is the “Ultimate Test” between the two sides which have been a reckoning for in red-ball cricket and hence it becomes a must-watch clash. Still not convinced? Dont worry, InsideSport brings you 5 reasons why India vs New Zealand is a battle you cannot afford to miss.
ICC WTC Final LIVE, Ind vs NZ: Virat Kohli vs Kane Williamson – The battle between the best two Test captains
Off the field, Kohli and Williamson are very good friends but on it, they are both men on the mission. “Me and Kane have become friends over the last few years playing against each other quite a bit and we do have a conversation off the field as well,” said Kohli while replying to a query from ANI during a virtual press conference.
It will be a battle between the two batsmen of the “Fab 4” group. While Williamson has been in great form in red-ball cricket, Kohli will be eyeing his first century in nearly two years. The two skippers display a poles apart personality. Kohli is known for his aggressive approach, but Williamson is known for his calm and tactical approach to the game. It will be a mouth-watering thriller in Southampton.
ICC WTC Final LIVE, Ind vs NZ: World Test Championship is the World Cup of Test
Be it Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult, or Cheteshwar Pujara, every player has called it a World Cup for them. The inaugural WTC final sure has received some criticism for having just a one-off Test, it certainly will get the best out of both the time as there is no second chance.
ICC WTC Final LIVE, Ind vs NZ: The WTC Trophy and Prize Money makes it special
The ICC Test Championship Mace, which has been traditionally held by the No.1 team in Test cricket will go to the winner of this week’s final.
The winner will also be awarded a purse of $1.6 million, with the runner-up collecting $800,000. In a result of a draw, the prize money for the first and second will be split between the two sides and the Mace shared.
ICC WTC Final, Ind vs NZ: Chance for India to take revenge
The last time these two teams met, New Zealand won 2-0 at home. The last time they met at an ICC event, the Black Caps knocked India out in the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. In fact, the last time India beat New Zealand at a men’s ICC event was in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
Conversely, New Zealand are looking to win their first men’s ICC final since the 2000 ICC KnockOut, having finished runner up at the 2019 and 2015 Cricket World Cup and 2009 Champions Trophy.
ICC WTC Final, Ind vs NZ: Battle between Mumbai Indians’ leading pacers – Jasprit Bumrah vs Trent Boult
Indian spearhead Bumrah has taken 14 wickets at 25.92 in Test matches held in England and will be entrusted to begin the opposition rot. He has been Kohli’s go-to man every time the Indian skipper needs a wicket. Bumrah will once again be a crucial player with the new ball.
His Mumbai Indians teammate, Trent Boult, on the other hand, is New Zealand’s third-highest wicket-taker in WTC. He has chipped 34 wickets. His swing with the new ball will be a challenge India’s top order would want to vary from in Southampton.