WTC Final: 4 key battles to watch out for in the India vs New Zealand clash

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: May 16, 2021, 05:58 PM IST


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The enthusiasm for the World Test Championship finale is developing as India and New Zealand gear up to confront one another. The inaugural World Test Championship finale will be played in Southampton from June 18 to 22.

The enthusiasm for the World Test Championship finale is developing as India and New Zealand gear up to face each other. The inaugural ICC World Test Championship final will be played in Southampton from June 18 to 22.

New Zealand advanced to the final on the back of victories at home as they pounded West Indies and Pakistan. Their billet in the culmination clash of the World Test Championship was affirmed once Australia pulled out of the scheduled visit through South Africa recently, referring to COVID-19 concerns. 

India and England were the contenders to make the WTC final. It was Virat Kohli's men who qualified by whipping England 3-1 at home in a four-match test series.

In the head-to-head fight between the two sides. The Black Caps have won just 12 of the 59 Tests between the two teams while India have been victorious in 21.

The main scrutiny of the little example size of six tests at The Rose Bowl in Southampton proposes that swing bowlers are more prevailing than spin. In any case, taking into account that England will not be the home side this time, the World Test Championship final could go either way.

Here are four-player battles to watch out for in WTC final between India and New Zealand:

Kane Williamson vs Jasprit Bumrah

If India wants to win the inaugural World Test Championship final, Jasprit Bumrah needs to come great no matter what. Jasprit Bumrah has been in and out of India's Test side as of late for different reasons. Subsequent to missing the Test series against England on home soil, Bumrah would plan to make a solid rebound in whites as India gear up to confront New Zealand. He didn't have the best of outings against Australia. Nonetheless, he can in any case cause inconvenience to anybody on a given day thinking about his sheer speed. 

Jasprit Bumrah will positively enjoy the seam movement on the proposal in Southampton and it will revive his recollections of 4 wickets against England here in 2018. 

Kane Williamson is presently the top-ranked batsman in the ICC Men's Test Rankings while Jasprit Bumrah is the highest-ranked Indian pacer. Kane Williamson is the highest run-scorer for New Zealand with 817 runs in 14 innings. Jasprit Bumrah's match-ups against Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will be vital to India's odds. Bumrah's capacity to wipe off the tail will prove to be useful against any semblance of Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson too.

Ravichandran Ashwin vs Tom Latham 

Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is as of now the second-ranked bowler in ICC Test rankings. He caused serious trouble to the Australian batsman with his bowling abilities prior to doing likewise with the England batting line-up in the home test series, recently. He is likewise the third-highest wicket-taker in World Test Championship with 67 wickets. 

Ashwin has been India's lead spinner in the last two series against Australia and England in Jadeja's nonattendance and his improved batting abilities have likewise reinforced his case. His wicket-taking capacity is a mystery to none. The off-spinner averages a faltering 16.98 for his 48 wickets against New Zealand. He also has 6 five-wicket hauls against the Black Caps - the joint-most for him against any rival. 

New Zealand's vice-captain Tom Latham has been a joy to watch in the course of recent years. He is right now the 12th ranked player in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. It will be fascinating to perceive how Latham will handle Ashwin in the forthcoming World Test Championship finale.

Rohit Sharma versus Trent Boult 

Only weeks in the wake of sharing the dressing room at Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma, and Trent Boult will be clashing in the World Test Championship final. It is an obvious fact that Rohit Sharma is by and large not comfortable against quicks that swings the ball in and Trent Boult will be hoping to utilize that. Rohit Sharma has improved exponentially to open the innings in Test matches. Despite the fact that he is yet to demonstrate his value in overseas conditions as an opener. 

Then again, Boult will be endowed with getting the new ball to swing and getting wickets forthright. He will absolutely hope to unleash ruin with the new ball in a bid to excuse the Indian top-order. His numbers in England - 21 wickets including 2 fifers at 23.14 - are his second-best for all countries he has at any point played in. In the event that the Rose Bowl pitch sets up a greenish-tinge on match day, anticipate that Boult should be the greatest barricade in India's World Test Championship dream.

Virat Kohli versus Tim Southee

Tim Southee has been the main adversary of Virat Kohli. He dismissed the Indian captain twice during their 2-0 home success over Team India a year ago. Tim Southee is the main wicket-taker for the Blackcaps in the World Test Championship with 51 scalps and five fifers. 

With the most recent case, he has dismissed multiple times across designs, the most achievement any bowler has availed against the Indian captain. Thrice in tests, multiple times in ODIs, and once in T20Is. To such an extent that he could authentically guarantee that he's Virat Kohli's kryptonite, he could legitimately gloat that he realizes how to outsmart Virat Kohli. 

Virat Kohli averages 42.75 and will unquestionably be hoping to get the huge runs in this do-or-die clash. He, however, has not scored a century in any format for over a year and a half. Despite the fact that the condition will not be proper to bat long in Southampton, Although, he does hold a good record at the Rose Bowl so this contest should be an enthralling one.

The two sides are loaded up with top-notch players. Hence, one thing can be guaranteed that this marquee conflict has a nail-biter composed on top of it.