India's revered superstars failed to dazzle on the 'D-Day' as New Zealand's canny operators and their classy skipper Kane Williamson deservingly walked away with the inaugural World Test Championship title after a composed eight-wicket win in the final that exposed multiple frailties in Virat Kohli's team.
India, who started the day at 64/2, lost three wickets -- of skipper Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane -- in the first session to go to lunch at 130/5.
New Zealand could eke out only a 32-run lead in the first innings as India, powered by pacer Mohammed Shami's four-wicket haul (4/76), dismissed the Kiwis for 249 on the fifth day of the rain-hit World Test Championship final here on Tuesday.
Earlier, India were all out soon after the lunch interval. Ajinkya Rahane ended up as the top scorer with 49 (117 balls, 5x4s) while captain Virat Kohli scored 44 (132 balls, 1x4) and Rohit Sharma made 34 (68 balls, 6x4s).
India skipper Virat Kohli said on Friday that the World Test Championship (WTC) final was "just another feather to add in this big hat that we have created" and that there were many more milestones to come.
Hours before the start of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India at the Ageas Bowl here, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said his team would be focusing on its main strength - bowling - when it takes on the Virat Kohli-led side on Friday.
India skipper Virat Kohli shook off some pressure of playing the World Test Championship (WTC) final by saying one Test wouldn't decide the best team in the world.
The oldest format of the game is set to be the last to get a World Championship final of its own. After a lot of discussions, a lot of confusion and a lot of chop and change, India and New Zealand will be playing for the mace.
For the connoisseurs of the glorious game, Test cricket is the ultimate format and despite its aura, the 144-year-old history needed a facelift along with a context which the World Test Championship provided despite various bottlenecks, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
India named six batsmen, five pace bowlers and two spinners along with two wicketkeeper-batsmen in the 15-member squad for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand
The Kiwis have played five series in the 2019-2021 WTC period and won three series at home against India, Pakistan and West Indies which saw them enter the final on the basis of percentage of points.
The Indian cricket team touring England may be asked to undergo only a three-day hard quarantine before being allowed to practice in a bio-secure environment during isolation ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton.
India's World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in Southampton will be their first Test at a neutral venue in their 89-year history of Test cricket.
The Kiwis, used to playing with the Kookaburra at home, will be playing in England with the Dukes ball which offers more swing. Prior to the WTC final, they will play two Tests against England.
Ahmedabad: India’s victory over England in the third Test has put them on the cusp of qualifying for the World Test Championship (WTC) final. The result knocked England out of contention for the final which is scheduled to be held from June 18 at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. India beat England by […]
Ahmedabad: Facing the challenge of avoiding a defeat to keep their hopes of reaching the World Test Championship (WTC) final alive, India will step onto a Motera ground that has been reconstructed from scratch and hence is largely unknown to them. To add to the challenge of a new pitch and the shiny seats — […]