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.
Team India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has stated that he is not bothered either by criticism over his form or his record in England. Rahane scored a fine hundred in the Boxing Day Test against the Aussies last year. However, he hasn’t been as consistent since. Also, Rahane averages under 30 from 10 Tests in England
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.
Young Maharashtra batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad has said that he will look to bring his adaptability to the fore during India’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. Gaikwad is among the new faces in the Indian team for the tour of Sri Lanka. A limited-overs specialist squad will face the Lankans in three ODIs and three T20Is from July 13 and July 25. Gaikwad has impressed for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in recent IPL seasons.
Former India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has termed the current Indian team one of the best, if not
the best Indian team ever. India will take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in Southampton from June 18. Before that, India registered their second consecutive Test series win in Australia and followed it up with a 3-1 thrashing of England at home.
With less than two weeks to go for the World Test Championship Final, cricket fans are eagerly awaiting the summit clash between the top two ranked sides. Senior players like Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin, who only play test match cricket, have compared the WTC Final to be an equivalent of a World Cup Final. No doubt players from both the sides will look to give their 100 percent when they take the field. For now, we’ll have a look at a few of the match ups that we can expect from the match -
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has defended his comment about Ravichandran Ashwin not being an all-time great according to him. Manjrekar was trolled on social media for his recent observation that, while Ravichandran Ashwin is a good bowler, he cannot be placed in the category of all-time great.