Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum believes that New Zealand have a 60-40 advantage over India going into the World Test Championship (WTC) final. The marquee clash for the title is set to get underway at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from June 18.
The wicketkeeper-batsman believes that having played a series against England ahead of the showpiece event is a huge advantage to Kane Williamson’s side. The Kiwis were at the top of their game and outplayed England to clinch a magnificent series win.
Speaking to India Today on eSalaamCricket, Brendon McCullum reckoned that the final promises to be a nailbiter with world-class players on both sides.
“Two of the best teams on the form have reached the final. I think 60-40 in favour of New Zealand. It’s going to be close. The match practice that New Zealand are going to have leading into the final could just title it in their way. I think it’s going to be close,” Brendon McCullum stated.
India and New Zealand are among the top teams going around in world cricket and there is a lot of competitiveness in both teams. McCullum feels that while there is an intense cricketing rivalry between the teams, they have the utmost respect for each other. The Kiwi legend also reckoned that the WTC final can turn out to be a cliffhanger and may go all the way down to the wire. While McCullum admitted that New Zealand have the momentum on their side, he is wary of the quality that India brings to the table.
“Just as New Zealand respects India, as a fan, I will respect India, knowing how good they are and the fighting spirit they have. I think we are in for a ripping World Test Championship final. May the best team win and the best game,” Brendon McCullum signed off.