Since 2013 India have not won any ICC tournament. India have played two 50 overs World Cups two T20 World Cups as well as the Champions Trophy but without success. But India are one of the most consistent teams across all formats in the last six seven years.
After Indian Premier League there was a big stage waiting for Indian Cricket team. India have to travel to England for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand. The Indian team defeated Australia 2-1 in Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Australian soil. Later, India defeated England 3-1 on home soil which finalized their spot in the finals of World Test Championship. With 520 points, India at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table. India have won 12 matches, lost 4 and drawn 1. On the other hands New Zealand finished at second spot in the WTC points table with 420 points. They have played 5 test series and won 7 matches, lost 4 matches.
Now India will face Kane Williamson ‘s New Zealand, but Indian batting system was a complete failure against Blackcaps in India tour of New Zealand Test series in 2020. But this series played on New Zealand soil, and the final of the Test Championship will be played in Southampton, England.
However, India don’t have a great record at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, India suffered a 266-run hammering back in 2014 and in 2018 India suffered a 60-run defeat against England. While New Zealand have not played any Test series at the Ageas Bowl .But New Zealand will have a big advantage as they will be playing a two-match Test series against England just before the WTC final and it is going to be challenging for India against New Zealand because the condition of Southampton will suit the Blackcaps. Meanwhile Ageas Bowl in Southampton could work to India’s advantage. The pitch in Hampshire tends to help the spinners more compared to the usually seamer-friendly conditions .
Basically the Ageas Bowl pitch offers assistance to seamers on Day 1 and day 2. However, the pitch starts to get slower from 3rd days, and spinners have always had a significant .
India and New Zealand will play in the final match. Virat Kohli’s side secured the final from the top of the points table in the league stage of the Test Championship.
But the Blackcaps, Williamson’s New Zealand first get the ticket to reach final of the World Test Championship. These two teams are also in the top two in the ICC rankings. India has 120 rating points, New Zealand 118.
According to report Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shubhaman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hardik Pandya, Rabindra Jadeja, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma will be in the Indian squad for the final. The first XI can have either Hardik or Jadeja. It all depends on the environment. England pitches are usually helpful to pacers. That’s why Hardik is a little ahead. However, Jadeja is ahead in experience again.