India and New Zealand made it to the finals of the first ICC World Test Championship (WTC). The mega-clash is scheduled to take place on June 18th at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Since the encounter takes place in a neutral location, the ICC had to find a way to decide who can use the home dressing room.
Team India was granted the right to play as the home team for the WTC final as it overtook New Zealand in the WTC points table. India led the table with 520 points, while the Blackcaps took second place with 420 points.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who is part of the Indian squad, revealed some of the advantages of being the home team in Southampton
“The away dressing room is small so that nobody feels comfortable. Since we took first place, we got a home dressing room. The visiting team’s field of vision is usually smaller.” Ashwin said on his latest blog on YouTube.
Team India played an intrasquad match in preparation for the WTC final
The Indian players have completed their mandatory quarantine and started full training. The Men in Blue played an intrasquad match yesterday to prepare for the big duel against the Blackcaps.
Rishabh Pant stood out in practice play when the wicketkeeper batsman scored a fifty and played some of his usual aggressive strokes. Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane also looked good in midfield.
The young Gujarat sailor Arzan Nagwaswalla could also be seen in action with the ball. Since Nagwaswalla is a left arm sailor, the Indian batsman will be happy to get used to the angle as Trent Boult is a guaranteed starter for the Kiwis in the WTC finals.
India will have to rely on such practice games to get used to the conditions and to get used to the duke balls, which is often a tough challenge for the batsmen. New Zealand, on the other hand, are currently playing against England, where they take a commanding position on day three of their second friendly.