With Virat, Kane in – charge it is time for the ultimate showdown

Southampton: As Team India descends on the pitch to create history as the champions of the World Test Championship against New Zealand, Virat Kohli and his men will have to play the best of cricket to prove their worth in the International circuit. India and New Zealand will compete against each other in the final match of the World Test Championship (WTC). The Indian team will face the New Zealand team, which recently defeated England 1-0 in the two-match Test series at home, in the final of the first edition of the WTC.

The knocks India plays will be critical given the fact that, India so far has not got an opportunity to practice before the final match. Kohli’s army will go into this match with their old experience in England. India played a Test series against New Zealand in the WTC period early last year where they lost 0-2. In the series, the Kiwi bowlers demolished the Indian batting order.

During the WTC final, there has been a discussion about how New Zealand’s fast bowlers can trouble the Indian batsmen. Interestingly the Hampshire Bowl pitch has a past where it is conducive to spinners. India can field Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandra Ashwin in this match.

India will start well with bat or ball. The New Zealand fast bowlers are well aware of the weakness of the Indian batsmen.

Experts say that the Dukes ball, swings more than the Kookaburra  and it could give the Kiwi bowlers an advantage against India which has not played a single warm-up match.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill can open the Indian innings and both these players will be responsible for giving the team a strong start. But these two players have not appeared together in the Test in England. Rohit played a Test in England only once in 2014 while Shubman will be playing a Test match here for the first time.

Pitch curator Simon Lee has been quoted saying that he wanted the pitch to have pace and bounce.

Apart from the Kiwis, India also have a good fast bowling attack who also have the experience of playing in England.

Team India is far ahead than New Zealand in the spin department. While Kohli is aggressive on the one hand, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson remains in reserve and does not express his feelings. Williamson’s biggest weapon is his restraint and he gives players the freedom to play freely.

India and New Zealand have played 59 Test matches so far in which India has won 21 and lost 12 matches. India has won 16 matches against the Kiwis at home. India has played 25 Tests in New Zealand out of which it has lost 10 and has won five matches. The title match between the two teams is to be played at a neutral venue. India hopes it will get a home-like atmosphere here.

Both the teams for this match are as follows:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Wriddhiman Saha.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wegner, BJ Watling, Will Young .

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