Team India defeated England 3-1 to set up a date with New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final later this year. While every cricket lovers continue to dwell over the venue, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed the final venue which will take place in June.
Virat Kohli & Co were in a soup after losing the first Test in Chennai. But the boys showed real character and bounced back from the walls to win the series 3-1 and make it to the first-ever finals of the ICC World Test Championship. On the other hand, New Zealand had comfortably made it to the finals of the competition beating Pakistan earlier this year.
Southampton will host ICC World Test Championship final – Sourav Ganguly
While it was reported that this historic Lord’s Cricket Ground will host the finals of the competition, the coronavirus pandemic had brought a change in the plan and the pinnacle clash had to be shifted out of the majestic stadium. And now, Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that Southampton will host the final due to an attached hotel with the stadium. Incidentally, Southampton and Manchester have hosted all international matches ever since England resumed playing after COVID-19.
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“I’m looking forward to attending the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton,” Ganguly was quoted as saying to India Today. “Yeah, it is in Southampton. It was decided long time ago. Due to COVID and they [in Southampton] have the hotel absolutely close. When England resumed play after COVID, they had a lot of matches in Southampton due to the same reason,” the BCCI president added.
Adding further on India’s dominant run in the ICC World Test Championship, Sourav Ganguly showered praise on skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkyta Rahane for leading the troops from the front. The former India skipper also praised Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant for his batting exploits against Australia and England in the whites for the Kohli-led side.
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“Looking forward to the WTC final and I hope we get past New Zealand. Congratulate Rahane, Kohli, everyone involved. The way Pant won India the Brisbane game was excellent,” Ganguly said.