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Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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The Legacy Of Teams And Captains Is Defined By The Trophies They Win, Says Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra feels that no matter how well the Indian team played in the ICC World Test Championship, the cricket fraternity will only remember the side which won the final and lifted the trophy at the end of the day.

India lost by 8 wickets in the WTC Final against New Zealand and had to give up the ICC Test mace after owning it for 5 years in succession. Captain Virat Kohli’s wait for an ICC trophy continues as he lost a major tournament final for the second time after the Champions Trophy in 2017.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: Unfortunately History Will Remember The Unplanned Hour

The lack of ICC trophies in Virat Kohli’s cabinet is a stark contrast to his predecessor MS Dhoni, who is still the only captain to win the T20 World Cup (2007), 50-over World Cup (2011), and the Champions Trophy (2013).

While India failed to win the T20 World Cups in 2014 and 2016 and the 2015 ODI World Cup under MS Dhoni, the talismanic captain had led the team to three ICC titles before that. Virat Kohli will also hope to put the captaincy debate to rest by winning the forthcoming T20 World Cup scheduled later this year.

Virat Kohli’s counterpart Kane Williamson laid his hands on the Test mace for the first time as New Zealand was officially crowned the first world champions of Test cricket on June 23. Aakash Chopra pointed out how one bad session on the final day of the Test undid two years of hard work and success for the Indian team. India won the Test series in Australia and England at home before losing to nemesis New Zealand in the marquee final.

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Photo:AFP)
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Photo:AFP)

“They might have started the final day with the thought of forcing a result, but the twin wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara put them on the back foot in the first hour. This Indian team has stayed at the top of the Test rankings for five straight years.”

“But unfortunately history will remember the one hour that India didn’t plan. The legacy of teams and captains is defined by the trophies they win; it doesn’t matter how many battles you win if you fail to win the war,” Aakash Chopra wrote for ESPNCricinfo.

The final hanged in balance on the final 6th reserve day with all 3 results possible before the reserve sixth day but the game tilted completely in favour of New Zealand in the first session when they reduced India to 72 for 4, thanks to a brilliant spell from Kyle Jamieson in which he removed Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession. The 6th reserve day determined the winners after Day 1 and Day 4 were washed out.

New Zealand Was Asked To Chase Only 139 Runs Which They Achieved To Win Their 2nd ICC Trophy After 2000 Champions Trophy

India eventually folded for 170 in their second innings on a good batting day in Southampton, leaving New Zealand just 139 runs to chase which they did comfortably in just one session, losing only 2 wickets, to win their second ICC trophy after the 2000 Champions Trophy.

WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli
WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli| Photo Credit: AP

The architects of New Zealand’s victory were Kane Williamson(49 and 52*), Kyle Jamieson (5/31 in the 1st innings), and Tim Southee (4/48 in the 2nd innings). New Zealand was so disciplined with the ball throughout the match that they didn’t let an Indian batsman score a fifty in the entire Test.

Aakash Chopra highlighted India’s prominent players have underperformed in knockout matches. Aakash Chopra pointed out that it is not just the batsmen who have not delivered the goods in crunch matches, the bowlers too have failed in knockout matches. New Zealand is the only team to defeat India thrice.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
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The Heart That Our Team Showed Was Commendable, Says Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson was ecstatic as New Zealand beat India in the WTC Final as they successfully chased 139 eventually winning by 8 wickets. Coming perilously close to winning World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019, New Zealand realised their dream of being World Champions when they beat India in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship to take the title.

Kane Williamson (AP)
Kane Williamson (AP)

Kane Williamson Praised All The 22 Players Who Played A Role In New Zealand’s First ICC Trophy In 21 Years And 2nd After 2000 Champions Trophy Win

A little less than two years ago, Kane Williamson’s New Zealand endured heartbreak when they tied England in the World Cup final but lost the match on a boundary count rule, but redemption was theirs in Southampton as the Black Caps clinched their first ICC trophy in over two decades.

“It’s a special feeling. It’s nice to get one under the belt. I’d like to thank Virat and the Indian team. The heart that our team showed was commendable. It’s the first time we have come away with a world title, and the 22 players who played a big part in getting across the line deserve all the appreciation,” winning captain Kane Williamson said after the match.

New Zealand celebrate with the ICC Mini World Cup/ Champions Trophy 2020 in the dressing-room Getty Images
New Zealand celebrate with the ICC Mini World Cup/Champions Trophy 2020 in the dressing-room Getty Images

“This will be remembered for a long time. We don’t always have all the stars, and we saw that in this match. We saw so much heart and commitment. We know how strong the Indian side is, in all conditions.”

New Zealand’s first ICC crown came in the form of the Champions Trophy which they won beating India in 2000. The Kiwis had made the summit clashes of the last two ODI World Cups – 2015 and 2019 – but failed to cross the final hurdle.

Kane Williamson: Fitting End To A Fantastic Career For BJ Watling

The WTC wins a lot for plenty of New Zealanders especially for Kane Williamson, who has been absolutely phenomenal ever since taking over as the captain of the side, for Ross Taylor, who has been a linchpin of their batting order for as long as one can remember, for pacer Kyle Jamieson, as the all-rounder couldn’t have asked for a better first ICC final of his career, and veteran BJ Watling, who ended his career on a glorious high.

 “It’s a fickle game, in a one-off final. It ebbed and flowed, no one really had the upper hand for six days, and I’m happy we’re on the right side of it. It was certainly tough going in the first innings. The lower order played with more freedom and got us a lead that gave us an edge,” Williamson added.
BJ Watling retired after WTC Final | Photo: Blackcaps
BJ Watling retired after WTC Final | Photo: Blackcaps

“Ross is obviously very experienced and calm in these situations and it was great to be with him right there at the end. BJ Watling – I don’t know if he’s retiring anymore actually (jokes). He’s a scrappy player, so this is a fitting end to a fantastic career for BJ Watling.”

Between 2009 and 2012, BJ Watling played only eight Tests – the first six as a specialist batsman – before settling into the role of New Zealand’s full-time wicketkeeper for the longer format in 2013. He played 75 Tests and has 8 tons massing 3790 runs averaging 37.52.

In a career spanning over a decade-and-a-half, Ross Taylor is New Zealand’s most-capped cricketer with over 400 international matches across all formats. The 37-year-old is also his country’s leading run-scorer in international cricket and has recorded over 18,000 international runs.

Kyle Jamieson has played only 8 Tests but already has 46 wickets to his name at an extraordinary average of 14.17 with as many as 5 five-wicket hauls. He has also played 5 ODIs and 8 T20Is where he doesn’t have as much success with the ball as that in red-ball cricket.

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor
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Ross Taylor Laments As He Didn’t Get A Signed Shirt Despite Playing 100 Tests

Ross Taylor had played his 100th Test match against India back in February 2020. New Zealand’s senior batsman Ross Taylor jokingly pulled the leg of Australia’s Nathan Lyon, who got a signed shirt from Ajinkya Rahane and team members for playing 100 Test matches.

There is always room for fun banters in cricket on the field or off the field, as it keeps everyone entertained.

Nathan Lyon and Ross Taylor
Nathan Lyon and Ross Taylor. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Ross Taylor Laments He Didn’t Get A Signed Shirt Despite Playing 100th Test

England Test skipper Joe Root, too, returned empty-handed as Indian captain Virat Kohli didn’t give him a signed shirt either. Joe Root scored a memorable double hundred in the Chennai Test, however, he was not provided with a signed shirt by the Virat Kohli-led team.

Now Ross Taylor, who incidentally played his 100th Test versus India in February 2020 is jealous of Nathan Lyon as he got the signed shirt and he left with nothing. The veteran while speaking to The Grade Cricketer spoke about this incident.

Joe Root
Joe Root. Photograph: Getty Images.

“I played India in my 100th Test last year, and I didn’t get a shirt. I’m a bit jealous of Nathan. We played a couple of series before, and I’m watching the game and I’m watching him (Lyon) getting a shirt and I’m like ‘Aaah, okay!’,” Ross Taylor said.

Before lifting the trophy at the Gabba, the visitors presented a signed Indian Team jersey to Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon, who played his 100th Test in Brisbane. Seeing this heartfelt gesture, Nathan Lyon applauded the Indian team after receiving the jersey from Ajinkya Rahane.

Ross Taylor Gearing Up For The WTC Final Against India

For the time being, Ross Taylor has a very important task of manning the middle-order in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final against India, which got underway on Friday albeit rain playing a spoilsport and washing away the whole of first day’s play.

The overcast condition will come into effect and the 37-year-old will be all the more crucial for his team, with his vast amount of experience.

Ross Taylor:- REUTERS/Ross Setford (image sourced from Otago Daily Times www.odt.co.nz)
Ross Taylor:- REUTERS/Ross Setford (image sourced from Otago Daily Times www.odt.co.nz)

Along with skipper Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor is the other senior player and will be eying to get at least one world ICC trophy before bidding adieu to the game. The right-hand batsman made his debut for New Zealand way back in 2006 and since then has been a vital member of his team often delivering in crunch situations and playing the sheet anchor’s role to perfection.

The Blackcaps have reached the finals of ICC events two times only to agonizingly falling short on both occasions. Their last and first ICC trophy came in 2000 when they won Champions Trophy.

In a career spanning over a decade-and-a-half, Ross Taylor is New Zealand’s most-capped cricketer with 442 international matches across all formats. The 37-year-old is also his country’s leading run-scorer in international cricket and is just four runs shy of recording 18,000 international runs.

Mike Hesson will look to take RCB to the IPL Trophy | RCB
Mike Hesson will look to take RCB to the IPL Trophy | RCB
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The WTC Final Will Be A Test Of Captaincy For Both Kane Williamson And Virat Kohli : New Zealand Coach Mike Hesson

New Zealand has produced several top-quality memorable performances on the international stage, but an ICC title has eluded New Zealand cricket for over two decades now. New Zealand’s only ICC crown came in the form of the Champions Trophy which they won beating India in 2000.

They have made the summit clashes of the last two ODI World Cups – 2015 and 2019 – but failed to cross the final hurdle. The upcoming World Test Championship final against India in Southampton offers another chance for the Black Caps to win a major title.

New Zealand celebrate with the ICC Mini World Cup in the dressing-room Getty Images
New Zealand celebrate with the ICC Mini World Cup in the dressing-room Getty Images

New Zealand Coach Mike Hesson: Battle Between India’s Top Order And New Zealand’s Pacers Could Decide Outcome Of The WTC Final

In a chat with TOI, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson spoke on the WTC final, how the two teams are placed, and captaincy credentials.

“They are even. The fact that it’s being played in a neutral venue makes the WTC final an even contest. I think both sides are going to be at their strongest which is great. Assuming there are no injuries in the next couple of weeks —both sides will be in full strength and we are in for an exciting Test match,” on assessing the two teams for the WTC Final.

Mike Hesson. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
Mike Hesson. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“I am keen to see how India’s top-order fares against the swinging ball. The ball does a bit in Southampton and as the cross breeze comes into play — it can be a challenge for the batsmen. How the Indian top-order plays the NZ pacers could decide the outcome of the WTC final,” on big battles of the WTC Final.

Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson feels that the battle between India’s much-vaunted top-order and New Zealand’s swing bowlers could decide the fate of the World Test Championship (WTC) final.

Mike Hesson: Whoever Wins The WTC Final Would Be Worthy Champions

Virat Kohli-led India’s batsmen haven’t quite proved themselves yet against the swinging ball and their techniques were exposed on the New Zealand tour in 2020. Meanwhile, the Kiwi pace attack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner has time and again displayed its ability to extract any purchase from the pitch and would be raring to do the same at Southampton.

“We are in our third final after the 2015 ODI World Cup followed by the 2019 WC in England. The Black Caps are a top-quality side who have played quality cricket for a long period of time. It’s a huge moment for both sides. Whoever wins the WTC final will be worthy champions,” on chance for New Zealand to add 2nd ICC crown after 2000 Champions Trophy.

“Both are very good leaders and yes, both are different in styles of captaincy. The players want to follow which is a great sign for any leader. Kane is more of a slow-burn in the sense that he likes to put pressure over a period of time. Virat, on the other hand, is constantly looking for ways to put his side in the driver’s seat.”

Devon Conway celebrates his century on debut PA Images via Getty Images
Devon Conway celebrates his century on debut PA Images via Getty Images

“The WTC final will be a test of captaincy for both Kane and Virat. As the wicket changes from day to day, it will be interesting to see how both Kane and Virat make those little tweaks in their strategies to stay ahead of the game,” on assessing the captains, having worked with both Virat Kohli (as director of cricket operations in RCB) and with Kane Williamson closely.

“I do. I think the fact that they have a reserve day is good. If after five tough days of cricket there isn’t a winner, then I am happy to say that a draw will be a good result,” on sharing title in case of a draw.

“In this edition, we only have one final. It will be interesting to see if ICC does opt for the best-of-three final in the future. It will depend on a lot of factors such as venue, playing conditions, and even time,” on best of 3 final.

New Zealand is currently bossing the first Test against England at Lord’s. Indian team players, on the other hand, are in quarantine and have started their staggered training sessions. The summit clash will kick off at 3:30 pm IST on June 18.

New Zealand leads in the 1st Test against England by 165 runs being placed at 62/2 at the end of the 4th day’s play. New Zealand scored 378 with debutant opener Devon Conway scoring 200 while England managed 275 in reply with Rory Burns scoring 132. Tim Southee picked 6 scalps.