Former English skipper Michael Vaughan believes New Zealand will have the upper hand against India in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final next week in Southampton.
On Sunday New Zealand beat England through eight wickets in the second Test at Edgbaston to win the two-test series 1-0. The win marks New Zealand’s first test series victory in England since 1999.
Often criticized for not being consistent away from home, New Zealand became the first team to beat England at home since 2014.
In a tweet, Michael Vaughan praised New Zealand’s all-round capabilities.
“NZ is a first class team. Read the situation with the bat in hand, you are skillful with the ball and you catch brilliantly.
The 46-year-old captain, who won Ashes, also comforted his compatriots, referring to England’s Euro game against Croatia later in the day.
The series win against England has now helped New Zealand to oust India from number 1 in the ICC test rankings.
New Zealand will move into the tournament finals with 123 points, while India remains with 121 points. However, India tops the WTC points table.
Indian fans troll Michael Vaughan on Twitter
Michael Vaughan’s tweet about the WTC final ensured that the banter between him and the Indian fans continued on Twitter. Unfortunately, his predictions regarding India have gone miserably wrong in the past.
He had predicted a 4-0 defeat for India when they toured Australia last season. His vote found more fuel after India was hit for 36 in Adelaide. However, India defied all odds and won the series 2-1.
Even during the England tour of India, Michael Vaughan constantly criticized the spin-friendly Indian courses, much to the anger of the Indian supporters.
Indian fans on Twitter welcomed Michael Vaughan’s tweet praising New Zealand and linking it to the bewitching of its previous predictions.
The first WTC final will be played between June 18 and 22 between India and New Zealand at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Despite making the 50-over World Cup finals twice in a row, New Zealand has not won an ICC championship in 21 years. India’s last ICC silver medal was winning the 2013 Champions Trophy under MS Dhoni.