IND vs NZ Dream11: India and New Zealand are ready to become a part of the historic moment as they meet in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final scheduled to begin from 18 June in Southampton. Both the teams have performed extremely well in the last two years of the World Test Championship cycle to deservedly qualify for the summit clash. There will be many exciting players who will be in action in the India vs New Zealand WTC Final.
1. Virat Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli will surely be a key player to watch out in the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Although, the right-hander is yet to score a Test century since November 2019, but he has delivered some impressive performances for his side in WTC cycle. In 14 Tests, Virat has scored a fabulous total of 877 runs at an average of 43.85 that includes 5 fifties and 2 centuries. The Indian captain had a breakthrough performance in the last tour to England where he composed a sensational total of 593 runs at a stunning average of 59.30 and thus, Kohli will be keen to smash his much-awaited 71st international century at the Rose Bowl in Southampton against New Zealand.
Virat Kohli (Last 5 Tests in England)
2. Kane Williamson
New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson has time and again delivered sensational match-winning performances for his team across the three formats and thus, he will be aiming to show his class in the inaugural WTC final against India. In 9 Test match of the 2019-21 WTC cycle, the right-handed Kiwi batsman has scored 817 runs at a phenomenal average of 58.35 that includes 3 amazing hundreds. While looking at his recent numbers in the longest format of the game, he has been in a staggering form off late having scored a total of 661 runs in his last 5 Tests. Thus, if New Zealand are to win this World Test Championship final, then Williamson has to deliver an impressive performance in the Test match.
Kane Williamson (In Last 5 Tests)
3. Rishabh Pant
Since his heroics Down Under, Rishabh Pant is definitely India’s most improved cricketer across formats due to his maturity and ability to turn the match on its head. After India’s thrashing loss in the Adelaide Test, Rishabh played two of the best Test innings of his career in Sydney and Brisbane to help India register a historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia. The swashbuckling left-hander then went on to smash another remarkable century against England in the fourth Test match where his team was under extreme pressure having lost early wickets at the top but due to Pant’s match-winning knock, India sealed an amazing Test series win at home and qualified for the WTC Final. In the last 11 Tests, he has recorded a wonderful tally of 662 runs at an average of 41.37 and thus, he will surely be the game-changer for India in the WTC Final against New Zealand.
Rishabh Pant (In Last 5 Tests)
4. Trent Boult
New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult has always troubled the Indian batting line-up quite a few times in the past and the swinging English conditions is a perfect place for him. In 9 Test matches of the 2019-21 WTC cycle, Boult has picked up a total of 34 wickets at an average of 29.29. In the recent second Test match against England, the left-arm quick scalped 6 wickets as New Zealand clinched a brilliant 8-wicket win. Therefore, Boult will be New Zealand’s most lethal weapon against the star India batting line-up at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Trent Boult (In Last 5 Tests)
5. Mohammed Shami
India’s right-arm speedster Mohammed Shami is one of the most successful bowlers in the present scenario in the longest format of the game. The 30-year-old has the ability to move the ball both ways and he is a master of reverse swing bowling which will surely come handy in the England conditions during the WTC final against New Zealand. Shami has taken 36 wickets in 10 Tests at an average of 19.77 in the current WTC cycle. Although, he hasn’t played Test cricket since being injured during the first Test against Australia in December 2020, but looking at his experience and abilities, Mohammed Shami will pose a lot of challenges for the Kiwi batting line-up in the upcoming mega final encounter.
According to the latest weather reports and pitch update from Southampton, there is rain expected on all five days of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand. However, the pitch curator is confident of preparing sporting wicket of the high-voltage encounter. India and New Zealand will be aiming to pick their best playing XI for the WTC final.
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