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.
Former India batsman VVS Laxman feels that India will start as favourites in the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, which starts in Southampton from June 18. According to Laxman, India have played some very high-quality cricket over a long period of time
Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has picked Indian captain Virat Kohli and Aussie pacer Pat Cummins as the best batsman and bowler in the world presently. According to Lee, Kohli has an incredible record and a great cricketing brain.
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has praised both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson for their brilliant captaincy in the World Test Championship (WTC). India and New Zealand will take on each other in the WTC final in Southampton from June 18-22. Both Kohli and Williamson have excelled with the bat in the championship and have been lauded for their leadership skills as well. According to McCullum, both India and New Zealand deserve to be in the WTC final for they have been the two best sides.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday admitted that the mental well-being of players must be looked after in the current scenario of COVID-19, where players are constantly holed up in bio-bubbles. India have a tight schedule coming up. After the World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, India will play five Tests against England starting in August. On the other hand, the limited-overs team will be in Sri Lanka in July for three ODIs and three T20Is.
Former Indian batsman Dilip Vengsarkar feels that the upcoming tour of England will be India’s best chance to win a series in England since they have a very good batting as well as bowling line-up. India will play six Tests during their tour of England, beginning with the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, followed by five Tests against the hosts. India have not won a Test series in England since 2007, when Rahul Dravid was the captain and Vengsarkar the chief selector.
Team India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has admitted that during his first couple of years in international cricket he didn’t realize the importance of pace for a bowler. He added that, with experience, he learnt the tricks of the trade and added yards to his pace bowling
England’s managing director Ashley Giles has confirmed that they have no plans to tweak their schedule to accommodate the IPL, which is likely to resume in the second half of September. Giles also reiterated that England players won’t be released for the second half of the IPL as the team priority comes first.