3 things we can expect from World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand

With so many stars on display, there will be few things that everyone would be expecting in the grand finale.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 7 June 2021 4:02 pm

The inaugural edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) will finally come to an end when the two finalists - India and New Zealand - battle it out at Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton from June 18-22. It is undoubtedly going to be a hard-fought contest and the fans are eagerly waiting for the highly-anticipated clash. With so many cricket stars on display, there will be some huge expectations from the fans as they would want their favourite players to deliver. While it is guaranteed that there will be some quality cricket on offer, there are a few key aspects that we can expect in the final showdown.

1. Wagner's Short ball barrage

The left-arm pacer is one of the most lethal bowlers in Test cricket right now. While Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson will hope to trouble the Indian batsmen with their seam and swing, Neil Wagner has a completely different skill-set altogether. The 35-year-old has the special ability to bowl dangerous short-pitch deliveries for a continuous period of time. Coming from round the wicket, the pacer directs his deliveries towards the body of the batsmen, making him almost unplayable.

Wagner has troubled a lot of batsmen in the last few years and would be unleashing his lethal weapon of bouncers during the WTC Final. It is going to be really exciting to see what plans will Virat Kohli's side come up against the Kiwi's short-ball barrage. No matter who wins the fierce battle, one thing is certain that there will be some breathtaking action whenever Wagner will bowl.