The ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will see one of the two teams be crowned as the best Test team in the world, Test cricket has been played for over 100 years with different teams dominating in the Test format over a while. However, their efforts were not praised and thus the World Test Championship is an effort to recognize their efforts.
After playing hard and fair cricket, India and New Zealand have made it to the finals of the tournament. India lost to the Kiwis to start their campaign in a Test series 2-0. They then beat teams like Australia and England to make it to the finals. Kiwis beat West Indies and Pakistan 2-0 at home in a Test series to make their way to the final.
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) June 17, 2021
Meanwhile, a lot has been said and written about the pitch in Southampton. Commentator Isha Guha shared a picture of a greenish Southampton wicket to show the state of the pitch before the game. However, Southampton head groundsman Simon Lee spoke to ESPN Cricinfo earlier this week on the kind of wicket which will be prepared for the final. He said that the pitch will have pace, bounce, and carry which will play true to its nature.
“Pitch preparation for this Test is a little simpler as we are a neutral venue, we are guided by the ICC, but we all want is a good pitch that offers an even contest between the teams. For me personally, I just want to get something out that has some pace, bounce and carry in the pitch” said Lee.
Meanwhile, both teams will be tempted to play an extra pacer if the pitch stays the same as is shown in the picture by Isha Guha.
India vs New Zealand WTC Final- Pitch Report
As said by Southampton groundsman Simon Lee, the pitch will have pace bounce and carry at the Rose Bowl. There will also be a swing on offer which should keep the pacers from both sides interested.
Keeping enough spin options in the XI will be something to think about for both the teams given the preview of the wicket. While India would like to play both Ashwin and Jadeja, Ajaz Patel is the only spinning option on the Kiwi side for the final.
India vs New Zealand WTC Final- Weather Forecast
Rain is expected to play a spoilsport in the contest. All 5 days are expected to have some rain and a wet outfield with a lot of moisture in the environment expected, several rain delays can occur and the temperature will be around 21-25°C. If it rains, the Test match might get dragged into the reserve day.