In less than a week, Virat Kohli-led India will lock horns with New Zealand in the much-awaited inaugural World Test Championship final. While the Kane Williamson-led side are well acclimatised to the conditions having played a couple of Tests against England, the Indian side which reached the UK on June 3 – had to quarantine and hence did not get a chance to play a competitive game ahead of the summit clash.Also Read - ENG vs IND 2021: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami Put India on Top After Dismissing England For 183
In a bid to still prepare well, the Indian side is playing an intra-squad match at Southampton. The match is like an audition for the players ahead of the final. During the game, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant among others got to bat while Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and the other bowlers were seen bending their back just to get in the groove. The scores of the match are not available as yet. Also Read - Secret of Virat Kohli's Jersey Number 18 - Numerologist Explains All
The BCCI shared a clip where fans can see what transpired during the match: Also Read - England vs India: Skipper Virat Kohli Drops Huge Hint at Including Shardul Thakur in Playing XI For 1st Test
The Indian team would hope that the intrasquad match would be beneficial for them.
The WTC final takes place on June 18 and is expected to be nothing short of a humdinger as both sides are well-matched. From an Indian point of view, it would be interesting to see the XI that they field against a formidable NZ unit. As usual, Kohli being the premier batsman of the side would be the key to the fortunes of India.