WTC Final, IND vs NZ: New Zealand's Probable XI
New Zealand's second highest run-getter in the Championship with 680 runs in 11 matches with just a century to his name which came against the Lankan Lions. He has a decent average of 40 and his services will be very important when handling the spinners as he is more comfortable playing them. He has an ODI century against the Indians back in 2017, where he scored an unbeaten 103* to take his side over the finishing line.
Tom Blundell has featured in only ten Tests. But Blundell has two fifties and as many centuries, averaging 38.43 in those. Blundell performed really well against India when they visited New Zealand as he made 117 runs in two Tests . But the right-handed batsman fared below average against the West Indies and Pakistan in their recent home series; however, he remains a reliable opener.
New Zealand's very own 'Captain Cool' is always a key player for the Kiwis when it comes to any format. Apart from being the No. 1 Test Player in the world, he has been the highest run getter for New Zealand in the World Test Championships(817) with three centuries to his name including a 251 against the Windies. So right from the word go, the captain is expected to lead the team from the front.
Ross Taylor is a veteran of 105 Tests and his 7379 runs are the highest for New Zealand, scored at an average of 45.83, alongside 19 centuries.
In only 37 Tests, Henry Nicholls has 2152 runs, averaging a healthy 43.92, with ten fifties and four tons. The left-handed batsman produced a couple of productive knocks at home against West Indies and Pakistan with scores of 174 and 157 against them. He averaged only 18 against India in two home Tests last year.
Colin de Grandhomme
He will take over the all-round option in the line-up. He has 1185 runs in 24 Tests and 34.03 and has picked up 47 wickets.
New Zealand's preferred wicket-keeper in Test Cricket. He has 3773 runs at 38.11 and is equally proficient behind the stumps. Watling's inclusion gives New Zealand the edge in churning out more runs and giving in the Kiwis a security in the batting line-up.
Be it in the shorter format or the longest format, Jamieson loves to bowl against India. Standing at 6'8", the Kiwi pacer was adjudged the Man of the Match in his ODI debut against the Indians. In the Test Series whitewash, he picked up 9 wickets in two matches. He has so far picked up 36 wickets in just 6 matches with a best bowling figure of 11/117 in a single match. He and Axar Patel are the only two bowlers in the tournament who have picked 11 wickets in a single match. Along with the obvious duo, India needs to be wary of this giant as well.
Tim Southee has been the pick of the bowlers for Kiwis so far in the Championship. Picking up 51 wickets in 10 matches he stands 5th among the top wicket-takers in the two- year tournament. He has picked up three fifers in the tournament which is the joint second-highest fifer so far. Considered to be Virat Kohli's nemesis, he'll be once again be looking to haunt the Indian skipper with his deadly in-swingers.
The best bowler in the ODI format has formed a dangerous duo with Tim Southee and no wonder they have been successful. Boult has scalped 34 wickets so far in 9 matches with a best bowling figure of 6/117 in a single match. He has two fifers against the Indians out of which he helped his side to dismantle them for 92 All Out in ODIs and a 5 wicket-haul in Tests. He also has a career best of 4-34 against them in T20s as well. Another nemesis on the cards.
Neil Wagner, the third-ranked bowler in the Test rankings, is a short-ball specialist that most batsmen find it challenging to combat. The veteran pours his heart onto his bowling that makes things happen and delivers wickets out of nowhere.
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