Southampton: India and New Zealand may be playing neutral venues, but it is Virat Kohli’s team that has dominated away from home by winning two out of three overseas series before the World Test Championship (WTC) final. In contrast, New Zealand’s run consists of only a series win at home, with no success for them in the WTC finals in both of their overseas tours.
The Kiwis have played five series in the 2019-2021 WTC period and won three series at home against India, Pakistan and West Indies, in which they advanced to the finals on the basis of points percentage.
However, the team that finished second in the WTC points table started the WTC campaign on a bad note. The Kane Williamson-led side were held to a 1-1 draw in Sri Lanka in 2019, while they were beaten 0-3 in Australia during the 2019-20 season.
India, on the other hand, started their WTC Finals campaign in 2019 on a grand note, beating West Indies in the Caribbean to earn 100 per cent of the available points.
He then went on to beat the Proteas 3–0 and Bangladesh 2–0 in series against tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka in the same year to earn 100 percent of the available points in both series.
Virat Kohli’s men lost the two-Test series 0-2 in New Zealand in early 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic took a toll on their cricketing activities.
The Test series in Australia was crucial as they needed a win to enter the final. They managed to bounce back from a loss in the first Test and won the series 2–1 to enter the final.
The only thing going for the Kiwis is that they are said to be very similar to New Zealand. Former cricketers like Brett Lee, Glenn Turner have said that the conditions in England would be more favorable for the Kiwis and this could give them an edge.
But as far as overseas records are concerned, India are outperforming New Zealand in the lead up to the final to be played in Southampton from June 18.
New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi said this week that a win in Australia alone would set the Kiwis apart from other greats the country has produced.
“The fact that we have been able to rise above many phenomenal cricket teams of this era and are in the WTC final. It would be great to reach and win the WTC Finals. But it would be great to go to Australia one day and compete and compete to win,” he said on The Grade Cricketer Show on Youtube.
The leg-spinner, who played for Worcestershire in the T20 Blast, said: “This is what sets the New Zealand team apart from other greats of this era, although we have been the most successful in terms of win percentage.”