New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has opined that India had a "fair shot" at winning the World Test Championship (WTC) final going into the last day in Southampton. India were 64 for 2 going into the Reserve Day of the WTC final. However, they lost Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara on the final day, and ended up folding for 170
Ever since India lost the World Test Championship Final to New Zealand, they have received a lot of flak for their inability to win knockout matches in ICC tournaments. While there is a great deal of truth behind it (India have reached the semis/finals of every ICC tournament they have played since 2014 and never won), it is still unfair to criticize the team in this format.
Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that his side fell 30-40 runs of setting New Zealand a good target in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton. Resuming the reserve day on 64 for 2, India were rolled over for 170 in their second innings, setting the Kiwis a target of 139. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (47) then starred in a 96-run unbroken stand for the third wicket to guide the Kiwis home to victory in the maiden WTC
Former India skipper and the current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has stated that Test cricket has always been the ultimate format of the sport and will remain so. Speaking after India’s loss in the World Test Championship (WTC) final to New Zealand, Virat Kohli described Test cricket as the heartbeat of international cricket.
Former India and New Zealand cricketers have expressed their unhappiness over the way the ICC has conducted the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. According to VVS Laxman and Shane Bond, a draw looks the highly likely result even with the Reserve Day available. After Day 1, Day 4 of the WTC final in Southampton on Monday was completely abandoned due to rain
New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson has asserted that the Kiwis are pretty happy with the team combination for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. After New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl on Saturday, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson revealed that they will be going in with an all-pace attack, with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme being picked as the fifth pace bowling option ahead of left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admitted that India are a very strong side and that they expect a tough contest from Virat Kohli’s men. After all the hype over the past few days, the World Test Championship (WTC) final is all set to get underway on Friday, amid the threat of rain. Speaking ahead of the WTC final in Southampton, Williamson praised India for their strength across all departments. He added that both teams will be looking to give it their best, and that the anticipation level is really high.
New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has admitted that India are a very dangerous batting lineup and that the Kiwi bowlers will have to be on top of their game to do well. New Zealand will face India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton from June 18. Expressing his admiration for Team India opener Rohit Sharma at a virtual press conference, Southee added that there are others who can make a difference as well.