Two of the most consistent teams of the World Test Championship, India and New Zealand will clash in a colossal encounter for the World Test Championship title in Southampton. Before that, the Kiwis will take on England in a grueling two-match Test series that gets underway on June 2nd.
Talking about the marquee face-off with India, New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, in a video posted by the ICC, has said that it is always a fantastic challenge to play against India.
“When we play against India, it has always been a fantastic challenge and so it is really exciting to be playing against them,” Williamson said in a video posted by the ICC on its Twitter handle.
“It’s really, really exciting to be involved in the final, obviously to win it would be that much better,” said the 30-year-old, considered one of the best current batsmen in the world.
Further in the video, Williamson hailed the concept of the World Test Championship and said that the tournament has brought real excitement to Test cricket.
“We saw the contests in the WTC has brought real excitement. The games were really tight such as in t he India-Australia series and our series against Pakistan as well where you had to really fight hard to get the results, which is really great.”
🗣 "It's really, really exciting to be involved in the final, obviously to win it would be that much better"
— ICC (@ICC) May 18, 2021
Talking about having an advantage in the English conditions, Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner said that he is not getting carried away with the conditions as they can change very quickly and the wickets can become flat, adding that India too have the bowlers to exploit the conditions.
“India has a lot of quality fast bowlers who have done well in different conditions, they can swing (the ball) under overcast conditions but when the sun comes out it (wicket) is flat and nothing happens,” Wagner said.
“(English) Conditions can change throughout and so I am not getting carried away too much, trying to control the controllables.”
Also, Indian batsman, Hanuma Vihari, who is in England, playing for Warwickshire, added that it would be great to represent India in the WTC final.
“I am excited but I would want to be in that moment and not to get too much carried away by the importance of the situation,” he said.
“But as a sportsman, to play for India in the final of inaugural World Test Championships is always a great feeling,” said the 27-year-old batsman.
Most of the New Zealand players have already arrived in England. The Indian team is expected to land in the UK on June 2nd after a hard quarantine in India.
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