For the first time the World Test Championship is being organized. (AFP)
Group training has been started with the players of Team India for the World Test Championship (WTC) final. The final match is to be held between India and New Zealand from 18 to 22 June. The team reached England on 3 June.
London. Team India players have started group training for the final of the World Test Championship. The team reached England on 3 June. The final match between India and New Zealand is to be held in Southampton from 18 to 22 June. Till now the team was in isolation. Now players will be able to practice in small groups. This is a big opportunity for Virat Kohli. He would like to win the ICC trophy for the first time under his captaincy.
Sharing the photo with Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara on social media, Virat Kohli wrote, ‘The sun brings a smile.’ It was raining in Southampton for a few days. India and New Zealand team will play a Test at neutral venue for the first time. Shubman Gill did well in Australia as an opener. In such a situation, he can be included in the team in the final. However, his performance against England in the home series was not good. Cheteshwar Pujara is one of the strongest links of the team. Although he has not been able to play a century inning for a long time.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 9, 2021
Cheteshwar Pujara important for the teamIt is important to stand on the wicket in Tests. On special foreign pitches. In such a situation, Cheteshwar Pujara will be important for the team. He has played more than 100 balls in an innings 9 times in the World Test Championship. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has also done this feat 9 times. Virat Kohli has played 7 while Rohit Sharma has played more than 100 balls in five innings.
Referee will decide on the sixth day
A reserve day has also been kept for the World Test Championship on 23 June. It will be used only when the entire over of the game will not be possible in five days. This will be decided by the match referee. If the match is a draw or a tie, both the teams will be declared joint winners. So far only once in the final of the Champions Trophy between India and Sri Lanka in 2002, the joint winner was seen.
Team India has won 82 matches
If we look at the overall cricket record of India and New Zealand, then Team India has the upper hand. There have been 185 matches between the two including all three formats. Team India has won 82 matches while New Zealand has won 69 matches. There have been 59 Tests between the two. India has won 21 while New Zealand has won 12 Tests. In 110 ODIs, Team India has won 55 while New Zealand has won 49. There have been 16 T20s between the two. India has won 6 while New Zealand has won 8 matches.