New Zealand and India will battle each other in the final of the ICC World Test Championship on 18th June. Cricket fans worldwide will finally get to witness cricket action after IPL 2021 got suspended midway. Both the teams will be eager to win the World Test Championship final. That said, here are 3 factors that could determine the winner of the World Test Championship final:
The Journey to the WTC final (India)
Both the teams dominated in their journey to the WTC final. India easily defeated South Africa, Bangladesh, and England in their journey to the WTC final. On the other hand, New Zealand thrashed South Africa and Pakistan on their journey to the WTC final. However, the main challenge was to win away from home. India was outplayed by New Zealand away from home, losing the Test series 2-0. However, India made a remarkable comeback against Australia, winning 2-1 to win the Test series. Considering their journey to the WTC final, India looks like the better team to perform in overseas conditions than New Zealand.
Preparation for the World Test Championship final (New Zealand)
The Indian Test squad will depart for the UK on 2nd June. After that, the Men in Blue will quarantine and participate in small practice sessions only. New Zealand, on the other hand, will play 2 Test matches against England. This, in turn, will provide the Kiwis with the right amount of practice needed to practice for the WTC final. Furthermore, the NZ Test team will get better acquainted with the overseas conditions in England. Considering this factor, New Zealand will have the advantage in the World Test Championship final.
Pitch conditions (India)
The World Test Championship final will take place at the Southampton Cricket stadium in England. The pitch at the Southampton Cricket stadium is more spin-friendly than pace-friendly. The New Zealand Test side has struggled to play in spin-friendly conditions in the Test format. Hence, this could provide India with an advantage over New Zealand in the WTC final. Considering this factor, India will definitely have the advantage over New Zealand in the WTC final.