World Test Championship: India likely to fall to resilient NZ

New Zealand will lock horns against Virat Kohli-led India in Southampton in final of the inaugural World Test Championship on June 18.

Despite winning their last two Test series against Australia and England, India are likely to fall a step short of clinching the WTC final. This is mainly because of the pitch conditions in England.

English pitches tend to have a little grass, something that is a nightmare for Asian Test-playing nations. We have already seen how bizarre India were the last time they played the Kiwis in New Zealand in February 2020. They lost 2-0 on the NZ tour and never looked in control in both games.

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On the other hand, green tracks are nothing new for the Kiwis. Led by Kane Williamson, who enters the Rahul Dravid mode on grassy wickets, the New Zealand batting line-up is far more comfortable on such tracks.

Moreover, New Zealand will be better prepared for the WTC final as they would conclude their last game against England on June 14.

With a star-studded squad and captain in fine form with the bat, the Kiwis are likely to get their hands on international glory.