#WTC

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Harsha Bhogle is one of India’s most renowned cricket commentators. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@bhogleharsha)

  • “I was hoping to be in Southampton this week for the #WTCFinals”, said Bhogle
  • Bhogle said that he had to pull out of the Test match due to quarantine requirements 
  • Only two Indian commentators are in the commentary panel for the WTC final

Southampton, Jun 18 (PTI) The eagerly-awaited opening day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand was rained out here on Friday, which is set to bring the ...

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Michael Vaughan is a cricket commentator and former England captain. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@MichaelVaughan)

  • Rain delayed the toss and start of play in the first day of the WTC final
  • Vaughan said, “I see India have been saved by the weather”
  • Irked Indian fans showed their displeasure towards Vaughan on Twitter

.Southampton, UK
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and his New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson pose for a photograph with the World Test Championship (WTC) trophy. (PTI Photo)

  • The toss and match were initially delayed due to rain
  • The day 1 was eventually called off by the umpiring team after more than four hours of wait
  • The match will be played until the reserve day since the first day has been suspended

.Southampton, UK
The toss for the WTC final was delayed due to rain. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@BCCI)

  • Southampton on Friday is likely to have light showers until 11 pm
  • There is over 57% chance of rains in for the next four days
  • June 23 is the reserve day for the final

.Southampton, UK
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are the captain and vice-captain respectively of the Indian Test side. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ajinkyarahane88)

  • Kohli said he is treating the WTC final as "just another" game
  • He was dismissive when asked if this was the biggest cricketing event of his illustrious career
  • "We need to have belief in our abilities and keep things simple," he said

.Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj (2R) celebrates with teammates after dismissing England skipper Joe Root. (PTI Photo)

  • Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin will be India's spin options
  • The pace trio comprises Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma 
  • The final will be played from June 18 to 22

.Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin during a match against England earlier this year. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ICC)

  • India has played 17 matches in the World Test Championship 
  • India has won five of their six series en route to the final
  • India has five bowlers in the top 25 highest wicket-takers list

.Southampton, UK
Virat Kohli became the captain of India in all formats in 2017. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@imVkohli)

  • Kohli has captained India in two ICC tournaments, in which India lost a semifinal and final
  • India has lost three semifinals and two finals in the last five ICC tournaments
  • India, going into the final with the best record in the WTC, has a great chance to win the trophy 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Both Virat Kohli (L) and Kane Williamson (R) are giants of the game. (Photo Credit: File/PTI)

  • Virat Kohli has played 91 Test matches for India
  • Kane Williamson has played 83 matches for New Zealand
  • Both players are neck-and-neck, when it comes to records, in the longest format of the game