India and New Zealand will lock horns in ICC World Test Championship Final next month. The much-awaited final will be played in England at Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton from June 18, 2021. India played 6 bilateral series while New Zealand played 5 bilateral series before finalizing their berth in the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
India won 12 matches and lost 4 matches during the tournament while 1 ended in a draw. On the other hand, New Zealand won 7 matches and lost 4 during the tournament. Both the teams topped the points table, in the end, to make their way for the final. A total of 9 teams were part of the ICC World Test Championship, which started in 2019.
India and New Zealand will not get the home advantage during the ICC World Test Championship final as England is a neutral venue. New Zealand is a strong team to defeat and India will face many challenges to lift the title. Here we take a look at 4 reasons why New Zealand can win the ICC World Test Championship final.
4 Reasons Why New Zealand Can Win The ICC World Test Championship Final
Better Record Against India
New Zealand have a very great record against India in Tests. Both the teams have played 59 Test matches so far out of which India have won 21 while New Zealand have won 12. There were 26 Test matches that ended in a draw. Although India have won more matches in the head-to-head encounters, most of India’s victories have come on home soil. India have won 16 matches at home and lost 2. Therefore, there were only 5 matches when India managed to defeat New Zealand on the latter’s home soil.
New Zealand have won 10 matches and lost 5 on their home soil against India. Since the ICC World Test Championship final will be played at a neutral venue, India will not have the home advantage over New Zealand. During the ICC World Test Championship, India faced New Zealand in two Test matches and lost both games by a huge margin. India lost the first match by 10 wickets and 2nd match by 7 wickets. Therefore, New Zealand have a great record against India in Tests so this can work in their favour in the ICC World Test Championship final.