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 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.
Veteran New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has announced that he will retire from all forms of the game after Kiwis’ tour of England next month. New Zealand will play two Tests against England, which will be followed by the World Test Championship (WTC) final to be held from June 18 to 22 in Southampton.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Friday, announced the Test squad for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and the five-match Test series versus England. Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari, who were injured during their heroics in Australia, have made a comeback. Jasprit Bumrah, who skipped a part of the England series at home for his wedding, is also back.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has stated that his team is thrilled to be part of the inaugural World Test Championship final as the tournament has added context to Test cricket. New Zealand, on Tuesday, confirmed their place in the WTC final with 70 percentage points after Australia decided to postpone their tour of South Africa owing to the growing COVID-19 cases in the latter nation.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson ended 2020 as the No.1 batsman in Test cricket as the latest ICC Men’s Test Rankings were released on Thursday. Williamson moved past Indian captain Virat Kohli and Aussie run-machine Steve Smith to occupy the top slot.