Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum opined on how will win the inaugural World Test Championship final.
He put it 60-40 in favor of Kane Williamson’s Names Zealand over Virat Kohli’s India. He also said that he expects the ICC WTC final to be a close-fought affair.
India defeated Australia in Australia 2-1 to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and then beat England 3-1 at home to qualify for the ICC WTC final.
While Kane Williamson’s New Zealand qualified for the ICC WTC Final, without playing a single Test match outside their home.
India is currently in quarantine in Mumbai. The players and the support staff will arrive in England on June 3 following and will be in managed isolation, meaning they will be allowed to train gradually after the necessary negative RT-PCR tests in Southampton.
Kane Williamson’s players have started their outdoor sessions and have played a practice match as well in Southampton the venue of the WTC Final and this is why Brendon McCullum thinks it will be 60-40 in New Zealand’s favor because they will have more practice than India.
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“I think 60-40 in favor 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. 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 told Sports Today.
India is likely to be allowed to play an intra-squad practice game before the World Test Championship final, as they will be traveling with a 20-man squad with 4 players in reserve as well.
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