India and New Zealand will battle it out in the ICC World Test Championship Final next month. The all-awaited final will be played at Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton situated in England starting on June 18. Team India played 6 bilateral series while New Zealand took part in 5 bilateral series before claiming their spot in the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
The Indians and The Kiwis will not get the home advantage during the ICC WTC final as England is a neutral venue. Playing conditions close to home means New Zealand will be a strong team to defeat and India will face many challenges to lift the title.
Today we take a look at the top 5 reasons you should be watching the ICC World Test Championship Final.
The first-ever Test final
This is the premier competition organized by ICC in the longest format of the game which ensures this is the maiden Test Championship Final the world is going to witness. With all the Test-playing nations taking part in bilateral series trying to claim points, June 2021 can finally see a climatic end to this two-year-long tournament. Certainly spicing up and increasing the odds of Test series played between nations, this tournament might be set to stay.
The first International final after the pandemic
The beginning of 2020 struck horror for many nations, as the covid 19 viruses broke out and a pandemic was declared. Many countries suffered and so had to take drastic actions of bringing normal life routines to a halt to ensure the safety of the people..This is the first International final after the pandemic, with many tournaments being suspended and called-off, which makes this a must-watch.
Test Rankings at stake
This final presents an opportunity for the youngsters of both teams to write the folklore and cement their place in the teams for years to come. Rishabh Pant of India and Kyle Jamieson of New Zealand have introduced themselves in tremendous style to world cricket, and once more can be star players in this final.
The outcome of this match can also see serious repercussions on the ICC Test Match Team rankings, with India currently in first place with a rating of 121 and New Zealand in second place with a rating of 120 points. Adding more weightage to the final.
This could be the first test match that may have a reserve, with the final call set to be taken on June 6th. The reserve day will only be put into play if the playtime is lost due to weather conditions, and is not recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day. This measure is planned on as this is a final, and all chances are provided to find a winner in the match for the premier World Test Championship Final.
The new rules implementation
With weeks left for the final, the Indian Team is making their way to England while the New Zealand cricket team has begun preparations for their Test series with England set to be underway.
Let us know your comments if we have compelled you to watch the finals and who do you think will be the winners.