Amidst the unpredictable English weather, New Zealand and India fight for the most coveted title after near misses in their recent ICC campaigns
The WTC final will be taking place in spite of the global pandemic at the now-famous Ageas Bowl, cricket’s original bio-secure venue, which in 2020 showed the cricketing world how to ensure that the show can go on in these tough times. The contest will also feature, indisputably the best two Test teams in the world- India and New Zealand who are taking on each other on 18th of June, 2021.
The Indian team announced their playing XI on the eve of the final where it was confirmed that Rohit Sharma is going to open with Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal failed to make the cut. India is going with two spinners as Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
ICC WTC was played in two years cycle and the two teams at the top of the points table qualified for the final. India finished at the top of the points table with 12 wins in 17 matches while New Zealand won 7 out of 7 matches it played.
Here’s all you need to know about WTC 2021 Final
Start date – June 18, 2021
End date – June 22, 2021
Reserve day – June 23, 2021
Match starting time – 3:30 pm IST
Live broadcast on TV – Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD and Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Online streaming – Disney+Hotstar
Venue – Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Prize money – The winner of the ICC World Test Championship 2021 will get a purse of $1.6 million and the runners-up will receive a prize money of $800,000.
Playing Conditions –
Follow on-rule for WTC final
According to playing conditions of the five-day game, one team needs to have a lead of 200 runs, to enforce the follow-on. However, if the first day’s play has been washed out then the lead for follow-on rule is reduced to 150. But ICC has made a clarification in the rule stating that there is a reserve day for the WTC final thus if the first days is washed out then reserve day will come into play. Thus, to enforce a follow India and New Zealand need to have a lead of 200 or more runs.
What if final ends in a draw?
There has been talk that who will be declared the winner if final match ends in a draw or tie. Ahead of the start of WTC in 2018, ICC has said that if final end a draw or tie, the the trophy will be shared and in its latest media statement, it maintained the same stance.
Pitch Report – As informed by the head groundsman, Simon Lee, the pitch for WTC final will have pace, bounce and carry due to ‘a lot of sun’ in Southampton. It is likely to favor swing bowling for the initial two days and might assist the spinners on the final two days of the test match.