The inaugural ICC World Test Championship has concluded with New Zealand crowned as the champions after defeating Virat Kohli’s India in an exciting final at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton
The tournament which was started in August 2019, played across two years completed on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, after the ICC had to make modifications in the points system due to all the originally scheduled matches not being able to be completed as the pandemic struck.
The maiden ICC WTC had some memorable matches, some thrillers, several one-sided wins, and a few dull draws as well. Here we look at some of the best games in this two-year period.
ICC WTC 2019-21: 5 Best Matches Of The Tournament –
England vs Australia, Leeds, 2019
The ICC WTC started with a historic Ashes series in England. After Steve Smith had rocked the home fans with twin centuries at Edgbaston, but then suffered a concussion in a battle of ages with Jofr Archer, it was time for England’s 2019 World Cup final hero, Ben Stokes, to rise to the occasion and save his team from losing the urn by the third Test at Leeds.
Chaing a massive target of 359 runs, after England were bowled out for 67 in the first innings, Ben Stokes played arguably the greatest Test innings of all time. Jack Leach, who scored a vital 1* shared a 76-run tenth wicket stand with Stokes, who clobbered 8 sixes and 11 fours in his mind-boggling 135-run knock to England home with 1 wicket and keep them alive in the series.
Stokes’ Headingley feat is just extraordinary and the all-rounder had one of the greatest individual summers in the sport.