India and New Zealand are currently involved in a ripping contest in Southampton to lift the ICC World Test Championship Trophy. The two sides are fighting tooth and nail in the decider after playing some excellent cricket in the past two years. A few players from both nations indulged in a question and answer session, naming their favourite Test players.
The likes of Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin, Neil Wagner, Colin de Grandhomme, and BJ Watling were the ones involved. Initially, all the players deemed it as a challenging prospect to name their favourite Test player. Pant, the keeper-batsman, picked Australia’s Adam Gilchrist since both of them fulfil the same role for the team.
Neil Wagner, the South African-born New Zealand seamer, named Allan Donald as his favourite player since he idolized him growing up. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme picked former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds. The likely reason could be that Grandhomme is a medium pace bowler and a powerful striker, while Symonds played the same role for Australia in his 26 Tests.
Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that he always followed Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Sourav Ganguly. On the other hand, both Ravichandran Ashwin and BJ Watling picked Sachin Tendulkar as their most relished Test players. The 48-year old has already been adjudged by the Star Sports’ jury as the greatest Test player of the 21st century. Tendulkar has 15921 in 200 Tests at 53.79, with 51 centuries, and a best score of 248. The former Indian skipper is the highest run-getter in Tests, the highest century-maker and has the most number of appearances in the format.
Below is the clip of India and New Zealand naming their favourite Test players:
Adam Gilchrist, Allan Donald, Sachin, Sachin and Sachin 😅
— ICC (@ICC) June 20, 2021