Rain may play big spoilsport in the WTC final
The final few days countdown for the much-awaited WTC final between India and New Zealand has already started and fans of both countries are waiting in anticipation of a great test match.
India after their epic series win in Australia followed by a big win over England at home are full of confidence leading to the final. Though the team did not play any practice games. Their match simulation activities of the last 4 days should prepare them well for the all-important test match.
Rain may play big spoilsport in the WTC final. New Zealand on the other hand is more confident after their recent test series win over England in England. Which has not only given them a series win in England after 22 years. But also much-needed high-intensity match practice before the all important WTC final.
Incidentally Pujara and Ashwin from the Indian camp have acknowledged the fact that New Zealand has an edge due to their recent successful test series vs England.
However, some ominous weather reports may act as a dampener on the historic test match.
Former England spinner Monty Panesar has shared the weather report of Southampton during the WTC final between 18-22 June on his Twitter handle which shows that there will be at least 70-80% rains on each the test match days except on 22nd June ( last day ) where it has a 40% rain chance.
The ICC has kept a reserve day of 23rd June in case the 5 days do not produce a result. And now it looks that we may well need the 23rd of June reserve day. After all with such ominous news about rains affecting big chunks of playing time during the first 5 days.
Also, the wet weather forecast might make the Indian think tank play. The extra fast bowler in which case one of the two great spinners may have to sit out, unfortunately.
The Monty Panesar tweet is shared below.
In the event of a drawn test, the trophy will be shared.
Hence all cricket fans awaiting the WTC final will have to keep their fingers crossed about the weather and just hope for the best.