New Delhi. Now just three days are left for the final of the much awaited World Test Championship. This great match of the tournament will be played between India and New Zealand in Southampton from June 18. Players, fans, experts and cricket legends are all very excited about this match. Everyone is making their own predictions about the win and the players, but there is a big threat to the World Test Championship. Due to this threat, India and New Zealand may also have to share this title. Actually, rain in England between June 18 and 22 can spoil the fun of the final of the World Test Championship.
According to the update of the Meteorological Department, there may be rain during the entire five days between the India and New Zealand Tests starting from June 18 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. In such a situation, it could force two India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson to share the inaugural ICC WTC trophy. The ICC has set aside 23 June as a reserve day for Tests. If the final match (WTC Final) is a draw or a tie, then both India and New Zealand will be declared jointly winners.
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Former England spinner Monty Panesar posted a weather forecast for Southampton on Monday, showing a 70-80% chance of rain during the days in which the match is to be played, including Reserve Day on 23 June.
According to the Weather Channel and AccuWeather, there is an 80% chance of thunderstorms in Southampton on June 17 and 18. Thunderstorm warnings have also been issued on both the days. Cloudy weather is expected for the second day, but the chances of rain are less. While it will rain for 1.5 hours. Intermittent rain has been predicted for all the five days.
In such a situation, the possibility of rain creates a problem. Not only will this jeopardize the inaugural ICC WTC final and result, but with rain forecast on June 17, both teams will miss crucial practice on June 17. Also, heavy rain at night can affect the outfield and the pitch, leading to a change in strategy for both captains Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.
If the weather is dry and sunny, the spinners can get assistance in the last couple of days. India has two world-class spinners apart from Washington Sundar. Virat Kohli could have gone with both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in a combination of 3 pacers and 2 spinners. But the weather forecast may force him to go with four fast bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Siraj are the pacers who can take advantage of cloudy and windy conditions.
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Kane Williamson’s cloudy conditions will be a big advantage for New Zealand, as Trent Boult and Tim Southee can swing the ball both ways. Whereas in such bad conditions it can be difficult to cope with the slow pace of Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson. However, if the weather forecast turns out to be correct then there is a possibility of a draw and washout on the first day. If rain washed away the game ahead, it would be bad enough as the cricketing world would be left without its first world champion in Test cricket.