Latest Cricket News Updates Latest news from (c) en-gb Thu 24 Jun 2021 We were 30-40 short of giving them a good target: Virat Kohli on WTC final loss Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that his side fell 30-40 runs of setting New Zealand a good target in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton. Resuming the reserve day on 64 for 2, India were rolled over for 170 in their second innings, setting the Kiwis a target of 139. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (47) then starred in a 96-run unbroken stand for the third wicket to guide the Kiwis home to victory in the maiden WTC Muttiah Muralitharan was the one spinner who troubled batsmen around the world: VVS Laxman Former India cricketer VVS Laxman has hailed Sri Lanka’s spin bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan, describing him as someone who troubled batsmen all over the world, irrespective of the conditions on offer. Muralitharan was named as the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T) among bowlers by a 50-member jury put together by Star Sports. Murali beat fellow legends like Shane Warne, Dale Steyn and Glenn McGrath to win the honour. Former India and New Zealand cricketers disappointed as rain plays spoilsport on Day 4 of WTC final Former India and New Zealand cricketers have expressed their unhappiness over the way the ICC has conducted the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. According to VVS Laxman and Shane Bond, a draw looks the highly likely result even with the Reserve Day available. After Day 1, Day 4 of the WTC final in Southampton on Monday was completely abandoned due to rain We are pretty content with the players we have selected for WTC final: Kyle Jamieson 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. “The‌ ‌players‌ ‌are‌ ‌in‌ ‌good‌ ‌space,”‌ ‌asserts‌ ‌India‌ ‌fielding‌ ‌coach‌ ‌R‌ ‌Sridhar‌ ‌after‌ ‌washout‌ ‌on‌ ‌Day‌ ‌1‌ ‌of‌ ‌ WTC‌ ‌final‌ “The players are in good space,” asserts India fielding coach R Sridhar after washout on Day 1 of WTC final We‌ ‌know‌ ‌how‌ ‌strong‌ ‌the‌ ‌Indian‌ ‌seam‌ ‌bowling‌ ‌attack‌ ‌is:‌ ‌Kane‌ ‌Williamson‌ ‌ 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. Want to give my best whether people criticise me or not: Ajinkya Rahane 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 Rohit Sharma a tremendous player, but India a dangerous batting lineup throughout: Tim Southee 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.