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World Test Championship Final : 3 best spells of Tim Southee against India

May 19, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

When India will face New Zealand in Southampton for the WTC final, they should be wary of Tim Southee. Tim Southee has had considerable success in Tests against India. He has picked up 39 wickets at an economy of 3.39. His best figure is 7/64.

Experts have stated that he could be the key to New Zealand’s success against India in the WTC final. Former player Richard Hadlee opined on how Southee could be the bowler to give a tough time to India’s ace batsman and skipper Virat Kohli. He had previously taken Kohli’s wicket many times with swing. Tim Southee has had some of his best spells against team India. Three of his best spells against India are:

Tim Southee 7/64: 2012

India had won that test by five wickets after an excellent performance by Kohli. Still, Southee’s performance with the ball did not go unnoticed. He had picked up seven wickets in India’s first innings. That performance helped restrict India to just 353 runs in that match.

Southee had accounted for the wickets of Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, and Pragyan Ojha. The Kiwis would hope that he’s able to get the important players again as he did in 2012.

Tim Southee 5-61: 2020

New Zealand had registered a 10 wicket victory over India in 2020. Tim Southee had played a predominant role in securing that win. He picked up five wickets for 61 runs.

He found the perfect mate in Trent Boult who finished with a score of 4-39. The India team were all out for 191 in their second innings. The Kiwis had wrapped up their victory by ten wickets.

Tim Southee 3-36: 2020

India had batted first putting 242 runs on board. Prithvi Shaw (54), Pujara (54), and Hanuman Vihari (55) played useful knocks in the game. In reply, the Kiwis were all out for 235 but bounced back with the ball to knock the visitors out for 124.

In the second innings, Southee picked up three wickets. Boult took four wickets. Chasing (132), Tom Latham (52), and Thomas Blundell (55) laid the groundwork for New Zealand’s seven-wicket win.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth