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2 New Zealand bowlers who could put a dent in India’s chances of winning the WTC final

June 11, 2021

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New Zealand has emerged as one of the most consistent sides in the cricketing world. Under Kane Williamson’s leadership, the Kiwis have reached great heights.

New Zealand competed in the finals of the ICC 2019 World Cup final and also qualified for another ICC event in the Test format. The Kiwis would clash with India for the championship title in Southampton at the Aeges Bowl. The inaugural ICC World Test Championship final would start on June 18.

According to some experts, the two-match test series against England would give New Zealand a minor advantage over India. The team would be better adjusted to the English conditions as compared to the Indian side.

In the league phase of the WTC, New Zealand registered a comfortable 2-0 series win against India. This time around, the Kiwis would try to repeat their last performance against India and register a clean win.

New Zealand bowlers would try to exploit the English conditions to break the balance of the Indian batting lineup. The Indian side would have to keep an eye out for the swim bowlers of New Zealand. Some of the bowlers who could be a problem for the Indian batting side are as follows

Tim Southee

Southee has been one of the reasons behind New Zealand’s success in international cricket. He is an experienced player who successfully leads the bowling attack of the team. To date, he has picked 51 wickets at an average of 20.66 in 10 matches.

In the 2020 home series against India, Tim Southee picked up 9 wickets in the first Test and helped the Kiwis register a 10 wicket win. He was declared the player of the match for that Test.

Virat Kohli had trouble playing against Southee because of his ability to swing the ball away from right-handers.

Trent Boult

In the past, India’s top-order batsmen including Rohit Sharma had trouble playing against Trent Boult. Thereby, New Zealand would probably use him as their trump card in the WTC final. At present, Boult is one of the finest swing bowlers in cricket.

Boult would return on the field completely recharged and fit after a much-needed break. In the league phase of the championship, he took a total of 34 wickets in nine matches. He would look forward to picking up some crucial wickets for his team.

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