The first day of the highly-anticipated grand finale of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship has been called off due to heavy rain since the morning in Southampton. While the weather forecast for the upcoming days is also quite gloomy, the fans can still expect some cricket especially with a reserve day also in the picture.
Players to watch out for considering Southampton's weather
It must be noted that India have already confirmed their playing XI with New Zealand yet to announce. However, both teams can make as many alterations as they want from their 15-member squad till the time of the toss. Considering the overcast conditions and an expected shortened game, let us have a look at few players who can play a crucial role in deciding the outcome of this match by doing the following things:
1. Scoring a century
With so much cloud-cover expected throughout the match, it is going to be a humungous challenge for all the batsmen against two quality bowling line-ups. Scoring a century would prove to be quite a herculean task despite so many star players like Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson etc. on display. However, things might work in favour of Rishabh Pant under these conditions.
The swashbuckling left-handed batsman might be given a license to go after the bowlers and could be one of the players who could score a hundred with his counter-attacking approach. One can expect a very similar attitude from New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme. While the fans await the start of the match, all eyes will be on these two game-changing players for whom the stage is perfectly set to unleash their heroics.