Ahead of the marquee clash against New Zealand for the World Test Championship (WTC) title, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video of team India’s inspirational journey to the WTC final. The road to the final wasn’t easy for Virat Kohli’s team. They lost 2-0 to New Zealand and were bowled out for 36 against Australia in Adelaide. With their main players injured, India had little chance in the Border Gavaskar Trophy. However, against all odds, a young and determined team India scripted a memorable turnaround to win the series 2-1. They then defeated England 3-1 at home to book their berth in the final.
The video shared by the BCCI featured Team India’s memorable WTC moments. The clip was captioned “The Big Day is here! Get behind #TeamIndia & show your support as they take on New Zealand in #WTC21 Final in a few hours from now!”
The Big Day is here! 👏 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021
The video includes Ravi Shastri’s message to the side in wake of their famous win in Australia and a victory lap at the Gabba.
Team India announced their playing XI on the eve of the match and surprised many by including two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. They have also opted for the experience of Ishant Sharma ahead of the pace and form of Mohammed Siraj.
Earlier, BCCI President and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly advised Virat Kohli to bat first if they win the toss in the final, adding that they have done well when they have batted first away from home.
“If you dig into the record books and see India’s best overseas performances, we have always won matches when we have batted first. It’s about choosing whether you want to face the pressure first up in adverse conditions or wait for the fourth innings. Look at Leeds in 2002 or 2018 South Africa, we batted first in bowling-friendly conditions, soaked in initial pressure, put runs on the board and that’s how we won those games. Even Mark Taylor or Steve Waugh’s Australian teams rarely fielded, even in seaming conditions. Maybe occasionally when the wicket used to be damp.”
Along with the WTC trophy, the winner of the final will take home the ICC Test Championship mace and the purse of $1.6 million.
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