WTC Final – India vs New Zealand: Players to watch out for

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cricket stage is finally set for the “World Test Championship” (WTC) summit clash between India and New Zealand at Southampton between 18-22 June 2021. Both the teams had the best win percentage amongst all the teams who were part of this World Test Championship.

We will look for the 3 key players from each side to watch for.

India:

1. Virat Kohli

Arguably the best batsman from either of the sides, Virat Kohli had a stellar 2018 England tour in which he amassed 593 runs in 10 innings at an average of 59.30 with 2 hundreds and 3 fifties. Although a Test hundred eluded him since November 2019, he has scored 877 runs in 14 Tests played during WTC at an average of 44 with 2 hundreds and 5 fifties. Will he score his 3rd Test hundred in England as he averages a healthy 43 at Southampton?

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2. Ravindra Jadeja

The slow left-arm orthodox bowling allrounder has been in the form of his life since the commencement of the WTC. Jadeja has scored 469 runs in 10 matches he played in WTC at an average of 58.62 with 5 fifties. He has also taken 28 wickets at an average of 28.67 and an economy rate of 2.90. Jadeja will definitely be the trump card as the pitch at Southampton will assist spinners as the match progresses. He will also be the mainstay in lower middle-order.

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3. Jasprit Bumrah

The lanky right-arm fast bowler would like to replicate his success of the 2018 Test tour. He did take 14 wickets in 3 Tests at England in 2018. The conditions also favour him to in-swing the ball. He has taken 34 wickets in 9 matches he played in WTC at an average of 22.41 and at an economy rate of 2.75.

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New Zealand:

1. BJ Watling

The spotlight will be on “Bradley-John” Watling aka BJ Watling, who will be playing the WTC Final as his farewell Test. Watling has scored 417 runs at an average of 30 in 10 Tests of the WTC with 1 hundred and 2 fifties. The NZ team will definitely try to up the ante for giving a fitting farewell to “The Rescuer”, BJ Watling.

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2. Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson has stunned teams like India when they toured New Zealand in 2020. He has taken 36 wickets in 6 Tests played in WTC at an average of 13.27 at an economy rate of 2.38. With the bat, he has also scored a 50 in one of the Tests against the West Indies. His height and ability to swing the ball both ways is an added advantage that may ask difficult questions to Indian batsmen.

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3. Tim Southee

The leading wicket-taker from NZ in the WTC will be eager to display fireworks in the WTC Final. Southee has taken 51 wickets in 10 Tests played in the WTC at an average of 20.66 at an economy rate of 2.69. With his penchant to bowl out-swingers, he can test batsmen like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who have a weakness against it.

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These are the players from either of the sides to watch out for. There are other players too to watch out for, but given their class and recent form, I’d bet on them to perform well in this summit clash for sure!

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