ICC WTC Final, WTC21: From Trent Boult to Ajinkya Rahane, 5 players to watch out for in IND vs NZ final- India and New Zealand are all set to lock horns against each other at Southampton, England starting June 18. The two teams qualified for the finals after topping the ICC WTC rankings chart after a couple of years. All the top 8 ranked teams played numerous tests and India topped the leaderboard with 72.2 per cent wins, NZ was placed 2nd with 70 per cent victories. With just a few weeks left for the big tournament, all are on big players like Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Trent Boult.
ICC WTC Final, WTC21: From Trent Boult to Ajinkya Rahane, 5 players to watch out for in IND vs NZ final
The New Zealand skipper is known for his class and elegance. He is currently placed on top of the ICC Test Rankings among batsmen with 919 points. He has amassed over 7000 runs in just 83 Tests with 4 double centuries, 24 hundreds and 32 fifties.
India skipper Virat Kohli is the next big name in Test cricket. The 32-year-old features in the top 5 in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen with 814 rating points. Kohli has amassed as many as 7,490 runs in 91 Test matches at a staggering average of 52+ with 7 double tons, 27 centuries and 25 fifties. The skipper is yet to smash a century since 2019. He would like to end his century drought while playing on the big stage.
The Kiwi pace spearhead Trent Boult is likely to be a big threat in English conditions. His ability to generate swing with a new ball could trouble opening batsmen. The 31-year-old could hurt more if the ball starts reverse swing which could be a disaster for the Indian middle-order. He has taken as many as 281 wickets in 71 matches, which includes 8 fifers and one 10-wicket match.
The veteran of over 100 Test matches, Ishant Sharma is in the prime form of his career. He is likely to provide the early breakthroughs for India in their quest to win the inaugural WTC21 final. Ishant has a knack for picking up wickets in overseas conditions ever since he made his debut in Australia more than a decade ago.
Ajinkya Rahane is a dependable batsman of the India lineup when it comes to playing overseas. And, his numbers in England are extremely positive. The 32-year-old has scored the majority of his runs away from home. He has scored 2,978 runs in 75 innings at an average of 44+ which features 8 hundreds and 15 half-centuries. He is expected to play a crucial role against England and help India clinch the WTC21 title.
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