WTC Final: There’s a great buzz around the upcoming World Championship Final game which India and New Zealand will contest at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton from June 18 onwards.
It feels right to say that there’s a great degree of prestige associated with lifting an inaugural trophy. After years of heartbreaks with both Royal Challengers Bangalore and also with team India in major cup competitions, Virat Kohli can improve his profile as captain if he successfully guides Team India towards victory. For Kane Williamson, the win in the WTC Final will help mitigate some of the pain New Zealand endured at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. There’s no favourite, both teams are here on merit, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. Almost everyone has their preferred side while others are counting on a few select players to do the most damage in the match.
Michael Vaughan is known for his blunt remarks, especially on Indian cricketers. He recently said that he would prefer to be in Rohit Sharma’s team rather than playing under Virat Kohli as, as per him, Sharma is a better leader. Now the former England captain was quoted as saying that, it won’t be Virat Kohli or Kane Williamson, but players such as Kyle Jamieson and Rishabh Pant who will define the outcome in the WTC Final.
“First is Kyle Jamieson as he’s had a magnificent start to his Test career. Next is Rishabh Pant as he’s the star of the world game. He has been incredible over the last few months, especially against Australia and England. Next, I’ll go with BJ Watling in his swansong as he’s been a fantastic servant for New Zealand cricket,” Vaughan said.
The WTC Final will bring an end to the two-year ICC Cricket cycle that kicked off on August 1. India racked up the most points during that period, finished top of the power rankings with 72.2 ratings, while New Zealand earned 70 rating points during the same period to finish 2nd on the ICC points table. ICC’S new calendar will kick in after the IND vs NZ WTC Final. Basically, ICC has added more value and stakes to the tests matches with the introduction of WTC.