January 26, 2022


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World Test Championship final match preview ; Playing XI, News, weather updates


Cricket is a culture in India where every second young lad wants to be a cricketer. In New Zealand, cricket is not even the number one sport. Not too long ago, they were a group of utility cricketers. Now, they have assembled their best squad to date in their history to match a cricketing superpower like India on most fronts, be it batting, bowling and even bench strength. It is a perfect setup. Historically the most complete squads of two nations, one picked from the second largest population in the world versus one picked from a population of only 5 million, competing in the most significant game of a format which is 144-years old. 

The batting order of the two sides seems certain unless a last-minute injury. Various similarities and dissimilarities can be drawn if you compare the top six. Both the Indian openers – Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill – will be opening for the first time in England with a point to prove individually. Tom Latham, for New Zealand, is the second most productive openers in Test cricket since 2018 – 1722 runs. Devon Conway is new but he has taken to red-ball cricket like a duck to water.

In the middle-order, there are Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli, two of the most celebrated modern-day batsmen. Cheteshwar Pujara and Henry Nicholls have based their career on defensive techniques. Then there is the curious case of Ross Taylor and Ajinkya Rahane, two senior men aiming for consistency. But nothing is more yin and yang than the wicketkeeping batsmen. Rishabh Pant is an agent of chaos while BJ Watling scores his runs with a tireless grind. Overall, New Zealand is a discipline driven batting unit while India can tilt towards exuberance.

Weather updates :

Probable XIs

India :-

As said before, India’s XI look pretty straightforward. There could be the temptation to play Mohammed Siraj but who can he replace is the real question. 

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand :-

Kiwis need to decide their bowling combination first. Do they want a spinner in Ajaz Patel? If yes, then which pacer misses out. Each one of their prime pacers gives them something new. In case they drop de Grandhomme, number seven becomes a spot higher for Jamieson. The weather forecast promises rain on all days which can prompt them to field a four-man pace attack with de Grandhomme. 

Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult