Hey, so my journey on this page begins with the advent of World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand. These two teams are alike in character yet so different in terms of their ways of execution.
Well, the captains of these 2 ships aren't much apart in terms of their achievements but what makes them different is their on-field style of leadership. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli is a well-known aggressor on the field who carries the heart on his sleeve while his counterpart, Kane Williamson is a calm general who marches his troops without much voice of expression.
Nonetheless, the contrasting styles have served both the teams well in the on-going World Test Championship.
If one talks of the playing 11 of these two finalists, the formation is much different. While India squadron has come out with 6 batsmen along with 2 spinning all-rounders and 3 seamers, the Kiwis boast an attack of 5 fast bowlers, including 2 all-rounders.
Both these teams have enough impact players who can have a match-changing affect in a matter of a single session.
Like a well-tamed English pitch, Ageas Bowl provides good seaming conditions for pacers and apt swing for bowlers who are looking to extract something from the pitch. Little assistance is offered for spinners here. While the present weather conditions favor the seamers, a good sunny period could aid in cracking the pitch and assisting the Indian spinners (while Kiwis haven't opted for any).
This contest promises to be a cracking one with fair playing conditions for both the experienced teams. The summary of 1st innings will be available on my next blog.
Stay awesome and keep hitting!!