It is very difficult to pick a favourite for the World Test Championship (WTC) final, according to AB de Villiers. On the fifth day, he predicts India to defeat Australia and win the match. The title-deciding match will begin on Wednesday, June 7 at The Oval in London, with teams led by Rohit Sharma and Pat Cummins. Australia will play in their first final, while India, who placed second in the inaugural competition, will play.
When asked to predict the favourites and likely winners during the game preview on JioCinema, AB de Villiers replied: “Very difficult to say who are the favorites. Both teams have not been playing a lot of Test cricket of late but what I can say is that India in their last Test match at the Oval have got a win against this very strong England team. They will be taking a bit of confidence from that.”
“I think India will come out on top on day five of the Test match. I think it might go all the way. It’s a good wicket to bat on but I think the Indian spinners will come into play in the latter stages of the Test match,” he added.
India and Australia have been inactive in the red-ball game since the Border-Gavaskar series
Since the four-match series the two teams played earlier this year, neither Australia nor India have participated in a Test match. Many Australian cricketers are entering the final with little competitive experience, in contrast to all the Indian players, who were all playing either in the IPL or county cricket.
“I am just going to mention one and someone who has always been fired up with all these kinds of series, especially in the UK and Australia. Everywhere he has traveled, he wants to prove a point – it’s Virat Kohli. It’s great to see him enjoy the game of cricket and I can’t wait to see him do well in the UK again,” former South Africa skipper picked Virat Kohli as India’s key batter.
“Bumrah is a big loss for the Indian bowling attack, but I do think that Mohammed Siraj is in the form of his life. He has done well there before. He has got that extra pace. He nips it around off-stump, and I think he is the biggest asset in India’s bowling attack,” the 39 year old mentioned Mohammed Siraj as the bowler who needs to step up and fill Jasprit Bumrah’s void.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Lag gayi lanka
— Div🦁| Dube Stan (@div_yumm) June 6, 2023
Panoti AbD shut your mouth man.
— 🐐 (@ItsHitmanERA) June 6, 2023
The match will be over under 4 Days.. 5 DAYS is EXAGGERATION.
— Mostly Cricket (@BoliMocr) June 6, 2023
Haha the usual chamchagiri of India being the favourites just like all other icc events. 😂
— Allester Pinto 🇮🇳🇦🇺 (@AllesterPinto) June 6, 2023
Panoti lag gyi
— Aryan (@Aryan_speaksx) June 6, 2023
What a masterstroke by Aus …..
— First Slip fielder (@1stSlipFielder) June 6, 2023
Congratulations Australia ❤️😘for winning test trophy 🙏why do you open your mouth abd
— Ash Ketchum (@ImKuljeetSingh) June 6, 2023
Congratulations Australia for winning your first WTC title
— Frustrated SRH Fan (@imAnantSri29) June 6, 2023