Date: June 18-22, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Ageas Bowl, Southampton
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D-Day is knocking on our doors! The much-awaited ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton is all set to commence on Friday. The fact that these two teams also happen to be the number 1 and number 2 ranked teams in the world is a testimony to their success over the two-year cycle and now both teams stand just one step away from glory.
India have already announced the playing XI for the match, while Kane Williamson and BJ Watling have returned to the scheme of things for the Kiwis. New Zealand's final XI is more likely to be announced at the toss only.
With just one Test and an ICC trophy at stake, expect both teams to give it their all which will make this a high-intensity clash with top skills from both sides on display. In all likelihood, this is going to be Test cricket of the highest quality on offer and make sure you have got your plans sorted to absorb the action.
There is little doubt that this will be an extremely tough job for users to pick a Fantasy side for this match. Not only are both teams filled with some big names, the match is being played at a neutral venue which makes it all the more interesting. Kane Williamson, for instance, does not have very good numbers in England but likes India as an opposition. Similarly, Rohit Sharma is not the same batsman since he has become an opener and would want to leave a mark here at the top of the order.
Virat Kohli scored his last international ton in 2019 and given that this the biggest stage in Test cricket, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he gets his 71st international ton in this game. Having said that, don’t forget to add Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja especially because of the left-handers that the Kiwis have on their side and add swing bowlers from both the teams, given that it is expected to be overcast at Southampton. It is going to be one great game for cricket for sure and the English weather might perhaps be the most filmy setting to imagine it in.
Probable Playing XI:
India (Squad Announced): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma/Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, BJ Watling
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Ajinkya Rahane
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Colin de Grandhomme,
Bowlers: Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
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