The Indian team is busy preparing for the World Championship. (File photo-PTI)
WTC Final 2021: The Indian cricket team has started preparations for the WTC final against New Zealand. Indian players practiced together for the first time a week after arriving in England.
New Delhi. Team India practiced in the group for the first time on the ground adjacent to the Aegeus Bowl before the World Test Championship final (WTC Final 2021) against New Zealand. The WTC Finals will be played from June 18 to 22. This was the first time that players were allowed to take to the field with their teammates. Earlier, after reaching Britain, he had to live in strict isolation for three days. After this the players used to go to the gym at different times or come to the field for practice.
The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) has posted a short video of the practice session on Twitter. BCCI wrote, “We practiced in the group for the first time and everyone was excited. The Indian team’s preparations for the WTC final are going on in full swing.” The players spent full time in the nets and players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant batted for ample time. The bowlers also sweated profusely. All the main bowlers Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj and Ravichandran Ashwin participated in the practice session. After the net practice, fielding coach R Sridhar made the players practice the catch.
second test match between england and new zealand from today
On the other hand, the New Zealand team is playing a Test series with England to prepare for the final. The second test match will be played between New Zealand and England from today. However, New Zealand has suffered a major setback and captain Kane Williamson is not playing due to injury. Left-handed batsman Tom Latham will take over the captaincy of the team in place of Williamson. Latham is captaining in Tests for the third time. Apart from this, Will Young will replace Kane Williamson in the team.
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Let us tell you that after the WTC final, the Indian team will play a five-Test series against England. The last time India won a Test series on England soil was in 2007. In the 2018 tour, the England team defeated India 4-1.