The inaugural version of the ICC World Test Championship Final will take place from June 18 – 22 at the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton. Here’s how the two top teams, India and New Zealand made there way here and the complete squad details.
ICC Test Championship Tournament
This inaugural version of the championship started in August 2019 with the Ashes series and the last series was the series between India and England, after which India and New Zealand qualified for the Finals.
World Championship Points Table
New Zealand played a total of 5 series in the ICC World Test Championship and won 7 matches and lost 4 matches. Indian on the other hand had the most wins with 12 matches wins (including the most memorable series victory in Australia led by Ajinkya Rahane.
Points Distribution for World Test Championship
India finished on the first spot in the ICC World Test Championship points table with 72.2 %. New Zealand is the second team on the points table with 70%.
Here’s how the points were distributed based on the number of matches in each series.
|Matches in Series||Win Points||Draw Points||Tie Points|
Two Crucial Series Wins for India
India had two consecutive series wins with the first in Australia where they defeated the Aussies 2-1 in the four-match series with the last test being won in the last half-hour of play with the India team severely lacking in experience. The next series was against England at home where India easily beat the English team 3-1.
India at Southampton
India has lost both the matches that they have played at the Rose Bowl stadium.
|Test#||Season||India Cap||Eng Cap||Score||Result|
|3||2014-2015||MS Dhoni||Alastair Cook||Eng 569/7 and 205/4 – India 330/10 and 178/10||England won by 266 runs|
|4||2018-2019||Virat Kohli||Joe Root||Eng 246/10 and 271/10 – India 273/10 and 184/10||England won by 60 runs|
As far as the stats of this venue are concerned, a total of 6 Test matches have been played here so far. Out of these 6 games, 2 games have been won by the team batting first while one game has been won by the team batting second. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 337 runs while the average second innings score is 280 runs.
India v/s New Zealand Test Stats
Head-to-head v/s the kiwis, India have a decent record, but seamers coming into play at a neutral venuw it might an advantage for the Kiwis with Trent Boult known to use teh ball welll in swinging conditions. The last series was won by New Zealand in 2020.
|Year||Series||City||India Cap||Team2 Cap||Result|
|2020||New Zealand v India – 2nd Test||Christchurch||Virat Kohli||Kane Williamson||New Zealand won by 7 wickets|
|2020||New Zealand v India – 1st Test||Wellington||Virat Kohli||Kane Williamson||New Zealand won by 10 wickets|
|2016||India v New Zealand – 3rd Test||Indore||Virat Kohli||Kane Williamson||India won by 321 runs|
|2016||India v New Zealand – 2nd Test||Kolkata||Virat Kohli||Ross Taylor||India won by 178 runs|
|2016||India v New Zealand – 1st Test||Kanpur||Virat Kohli||Kane Williamson||India won by 197 runs|
India Test Squad
India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha.
New Zealand Test Squad
New Zealand’s squad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Rachin Ravindra, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Tom Latham, Daryll Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Ajaz Patel, Doug Bracewell, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Will Young.
The live streaming of ICC World Test Championship Final 2021 will be available on Disney+Hotstar in India.