World Test Championship final: India have not beaten New Zealand in an ICC event since the 2003 World Cup. Virat Kohli’s men will enter the WTC final as the World No. 1 Test side.
WTC final: Kaif backs India to end 18-year-long losing streak vs New Zealand (AFP Photo)
- India take on New Zealand in the WTC final from June 18
- India have not beaten New Zealand in an ICC event since the 2003 World Cup
- Kaif hopes Virat Kohli’s India can create history in Southampton
India and New Zealand eye history as they meet in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship. The two teams will battle for the prestigious honour in Southampton from June 18. There’s plenty to play for as India feature in their first-ever Test match at a neutral venue.
India head into the WTC final as the World No. 1 Test side. Virat Kohli’s men have been in impressive form, beating England at home comprehensively earlier this year. They are one of the better touring sides in the recent past, having beaten Australia in Australia twice in successive tours. Despite having a depleted squad, India breached the Gabba fortress earlier this year to clinch a remarkable 2-1 series win Down Under.
However, New Zealand will offer a stern challenge to India, who are going to play the big-ticket clash without match practice in England conditions. Recent history doesn’t favour India as they were blanked 2-0 by Kane Williamson’s men on their tour of New Zealand in 2020.
As it turns out, India have not beaten New Zealand in International Cricket Council events since 2003. In the said year, Sourav Ganguly’s men in Centurion after bowling out the BlackCaps for 146.
Taking to social media, former India batsman Mohammad Kaif expressed surprise that India haven’t managed to beat New Zealand in an ICC event in 17 years. In fact, it was Kaif who set up India’s win in the 2003 World Cup match with an unbeaten fifty.
« Never realised we old boys were the last team to beat the Black Caps in an ICC event. Hope the current Indian team finally end the losing streak and win the #WTC, » Kaif said.
India even lost a T20 World Cup match during their victorious campaign in 2007. They were beaten at home in the 2016 T20 World Cup. More recently, Virat Kohli’s men lost the 2019 World Cup semi-final to New Zealand in England.
New Zealand will head into the WTC final with a slender advantage as Kane Williamson’s men are playing 2 Tests against England in the lead up to the big final. On the other hand, India are unlikely to get a practice match ahead of the final showdown at the Ageas Bowl. The team is currently in managed isolation in Southampton.
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