New Zealand emerged as the ultimate champions of the ICC World Test Championship after defeating India in the final by 8 wickets. The Kane Williamson-led side totally outclassed the Indian team in both batting and fielding departments. New Zealand first restricted India to just 217 in the first innings and managed to get a 32-run lead by scoring 249.
Later, they totally crushed the Indian batting in the 2nd innings, bowling them out for 170. With a low target of just 139 runs on the last day with more than 50 overs remaining, New Zealand made no mistake in batting and claimed the victory.
All the playing XI of New Zealand showcased a very good performance in comparison to the Indian players. While India’s top batting order failed to get enough runs for the team, the Kiwi made a strong start at the top.
Moreover, while Indian bowlers found it hard to pick wickets at regular intervals, Kiwi bowlers crushed the Indian batsmen in both innings. Here we take a look at the performance rating of New Zealand XI in the ICC World Test Championship final.
WTC Final: Performance Rating Of New Zealand XI In The Final
Henry Nicholls- 5/10
If we take into consideration the performance of all New Zealand players in the match, Henry Nicholls showed the worst performance. He only managed to score 7 runs in the 1st innings with one boundary.
While Kane Williamson batted well in the 1st innings, Nicholls could not support him at the crease. He lost his wicket soon that put pressure on the batting side. So Henry Nicholls gets the least rating of 5 in the final.
Colin de Grandhomme- 5.5/10
Colin de Grandhoomme gets a rating of 5.5 out of 10. The batting all-rounder scored 13 runs in the 1st innings. With New Zealand railing at 135-5 in the 1st innings, the right-handed batsman had a good opportunity to build a partnership with Kane Williamson on the other end.
However, he lost his wicket after scoring just 13 runs. Also while bowling in the 1st innings, he failed to pick any wicket and conceded 32 runs in 12 overs.
BJ Watling- 6/10
BJ Watling played his final Test match before his retirement. Although he totally flopped while batting, with just 1 run in 1st innings, he did a nice job behind the stumps. The New Zealand wicket-taker accounted for 5 dismissals in the match.
Watling grabbed 2 catches in the 1st innings and 3 catches in the 2nd innings behind the stumps. Hence, with his brilliant work behind the stumps, Watling gets a rating of 6.
Tom Latham- 6.5/10
New Zealand opener Tom Latham could not score runs in the 2nd innings but he played a crucial knock in the 1st innings. The left-handed batsman scored 30 runs in the 1st innings and also managed a 70 runs partnership with Tom Conway.
In the 2nd innings, Latham could only score 9 runs before losing his wicket. He gets a rating of 6.5 out of 10 for his performance in the WTC final.
Neil Wagner- 7/10
Neil Wagner was not as much impressive as the other New Zealand bowlers. Still, he picked 3 wickets in the match and gave crucial support to the team. The left-arm bowler dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Shubman Gill in the 1st innings and took the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja in the 2nd innings.
He was a little expensive for the team, giving away 40 runs in the 1st innings and 44 runs in the 2nd. Wagner gets a rating of 7 out of 10.
Ross Taylor- 7.5/10
While Ross Taylor could not do much with the bat in the first innings, he played a fabulous knock in the 2nd innings. In the 1st innings, the right-handed batsman lost his wicket for just 11 runs. However, in the 2nd innings, he gave spectacular support to Kane Williamson to chase the target.
He scored unbeaten 47 runs with 6 fours along with a 96-run partnership with the Williamson. Taylor gets a rating of 7.5 for his brilliant batting show in the 2nd innings.
Devon Conway- 8/10
New Zealand opener Devon Conway scored 73 runs in the match. The left-handed batsman played an exception knock of 54 runs in the 1st innings, which consisted of 6 fours. His knock helped the team get a good start. He could only score 19 runs in the 2nd innings.
However, it should be noted that Convoy was the only batsman to score a fifty among both the teams in the 1st innings. Convoy gets a rating of 8 for his performance.
Trent Boult- 8/10
Trent Boult executed a good bowling show, picking 5 wickets in the match. The left-arm pacer dismissed Cheteshwar Puraja and Ravindra Jadeja in the 1st innings.
Later, he picked 3 wickets in the 2nd innings dismissing Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Rishabh Pant. Boult conceded 47 runs in the 1st innings and 39 runs in the 2nd. He gets a rating of 8 out of 10 for his performance in the match.
Tim Southee- 8.5/10
Tim Southee executed a stupendous performance for New Zealand in the match with both bat and the ball. The right-arm pacer picked 5 wickets in the match. He scalped 1 wicket in the 1st innings after conceding 64 runs. In the 2nd innings, Southee picked 4 wickets while giving away 48 runs. He crushed the Indian openers in the 2nd innings, dismissing Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill.
Moreover, he played a wonderful knock of 30 runs off 46 balls in the 1st innings. His knock during the end helped New Zealand to get a 32-run lead over India. For his strong all-around show, Southee gets a rating of 8.5 out of 10.
Kane Williamson- 9/10
Kane Williamson gets a rating of 9 out of 10. The New Zealand skipper led his team very well in the match, outplaying the opposition in every aspect. Moreover, he scored the most runs in the match with 101. In the 1st innings, the right-handed batsman scored 49 runs off 177 deliveries, while managing to stay on the crease for a long time.
In the 2nd innings, he played a brilliant knock of 52 runs off 89 balls, chasing the 139-run target for the victory. Williamson kept his patience while batting in both innings, which emerged as very crucial for the team in the batting zone.
Kyle Jamieson- 9.5/10
Kyle Jamieson gets the highest rating of 9.5 for his performance in the ICC World Test Championship final. He picked a 5-wicket haul in the 1st innings, dismissing crucial Indian batsmen. Later, he picked 2 wickets in the 2nd innings. The right-arm pacer conceded only 31 runs in the 1st innings and 30 runs in the 2nd innings.
With a bowling figure of 61/7 in the match, he was the awarded player of the match for his outstanding performance. Moreover, he also played a crucial knock of 21 runs off 16 balls in the 1st innings that emerged very useful for the team.