New Zealand grabbed the first spot in the ICC Test ranking after defeating England in a two-match test series. Thereby, the Kiwis would take the field for the WTC final with perfect rhythm and confidence. New Zealand’s win against England was similar to the way India won in Australia. The team played with many new players and registered a historic win against the host nation.
After defeating England in the two-match test series, Tom Latham commented about the team’s preparation for the WTC final. India has quality batsmen and a good bowling lineup. Thereby, New Zealand would prepare for the title match keeping every aspect in mind.
Some of the key player battles to look out for in the WTC final are as follow:
Trent Boult v Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma had a great start to his Test career as an opener but his biggest challenge would be the WTC final. He would have to face Premier New Zealand pacer, Trent Boult. The opening exchange between the two players would decide the fate of the match.
Rohit Sharma always had difficulty when he played against Boult. But he has worked on his technique and opened up his stance to allow the ball to come to him. Moreover, he had several nets sessions against Boult when they play for Mumbai Indians. But the stakes could differ when Boult would bowl to Sharma with the Duke's ball in the final.
Kyle Jamieson v Virat Kohli
According to reports, Virat Kohli had asked Jamieson to bowl at him using the red ball at the RCB nets session. But Kyle Jamieson had refused to do so and it had set a tone for the battle in the final Test battle between them.
Kyle Jamieson has repeatedly proved his capabilities with the ball in Tests cricket throughout the WTC league games. He had previously destroyed the Indian batting lineup when they visited New Zealand in 2020.
Moreover, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli has not been at his best for a few months. The WTC final would be the biggest challenge to establish himself again as a dependable batsman in Test cricket.