English weather is something that has never been a kind friend to cricket over the years. Rain gods in there never allow the cricket fans to breathe easy and the trend continues for the all important final of the world test championship as well.
The weather forecast for the next six days in Southampton is posing a sorry figure at this point in time. The rain is predicted for majority of the game time on all the six days that includes the reserve day as well.
As expected, there wont be any play in the first session of day 1 and BCCI twitter handle confirmed the same. There has been a steady drizzle throughout the morning and it has ensured that both the teams will be staying inside the dressing room hoping for some play in the 2nd session which is highly unlikely at this point in time.
Though, this game is advertised as the ultimate test, a loss in this game for India doesn’t make them a poor side in the world. It is a fact that they are the best test side in the world for the past 4 years now and this one off game shouldn’t take away any sort of credit from Virat Kohli’s men.
The fact that, the points system of WTC in itself was quite ambiguous, very few teams took this WTC tag seriously. A one off game after a 2 year hard grind would do no justice to the 2 teams that has qualified for the finals.
Indian coach Ravi Shastri said the same before departing to England for the series that one off final might not be the right way to crown the champion of the toughest format of the game.
India announced their playing 11 on the eve of the game and they will be playing a champion side for this one off game against New Zealand.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah