In 2018, Cricket’s biggest mega-event happened ICC World Cup 2019 where England dominated and won their first-ever World Cup (50 Over Format).
Since then a new championship took place where every international cricket team competing to be at the top in that format. World Test Championship, the longest cricket format and the most anticipated one.
Pure cricket lovers have always been indulged in Test cricket because those people know the value of real cricket.
No doubt, shorter formats have changed the whole infrastructure of cricket, which made players stick to it and earn as much as they can.
Short formats also brought more audiences towards cricket and expanded on different levels from T20 to T10. T20 format holds the most demanding format that every league had adapted and promoted worldwide.
But still, the charm of Test Cricket is on another level when two rivalries compete with each other such as “Ashes” or India playing against England at Lords.
Since the championship began many teams have played away and home series to reign at the top of the points table.
In the beginning, Australia was dominating against top rank teams, even in the Ashes they retained the trophy and thrashed the English men.
But couldn’t keep the consistency of the form.
Even that Ashes series was so intense, that it was documented for the Australia team because they were a new side, a new era started.
Even after facing several defeats, Pakistan has also performed outstandingly against South Africa in a home test series where they whitewashed them.
Hasan made great come back along with Fawad Alam. Victory over Proteas helped them to raise the points table and boosted their confidence.
Battle For The Red Ball:
But the battle was between four teams, New Zealand, Australia, England, and India. But unfortunately, India had managed to demolish Aussies at their own home with the magnificent innings.
Although it made Aussies drop down from the table and on the other hand New Zealand was enjoying the top position.
Indian Young Side Stunned Aussies
At the beginning of the series, it looked like the Indian side wouldn’t be able to survive the Aussies, because after the first test the skipper left for family reasons, and a total young side was playing against the experienced ones.
After the first test defeat, India stood like a wall against the Australian bowlers and managed to make them tired. Ravi Pujara took the responsibility in such pride, that he and his young side destroyed
Australia in their last test match, and finished the unbeaten Gabbatoir streak. It was a huge upset for the Australian side, which cost them the final spot.
Because of that loss, Justin Langer the Australian Coach stated, “I mentioned it to the players afterward that two overs down could cost us the World Test Championship.
And so, we have to get better at that and make sure it doesn’t happen in Sydney and Brisbane. It didn’t, but we also couldn’t bowl out India twice and we didn’t make enough runs.
It was relevant at the time, and it certainly became incredibly significant over the weekend.”
On further Langer expressed more about not being played against South Africa. “It’s disappointing for a couple of reasons – one we didn’t get to play in South Africa to have another crack at it after the India series and is it’s disappointing for me because this Test Championship goes over a couple of years, we were in the box seat for a lot of it,”
India had to win another series against England and Virat Kohli’s side managed to destroy English men with the heavy defeat. 3-1 win which helped them to surpass the Kiwis and stable the top position.
The Final Stage
Now Indian side set to play the final test against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand.
The Venue previously planned was Lords, but Corona shifted to Southampton because of the five-star facility in the stadium, which will help England and Wales Cricket Board to create a bio bubble for both teams.
Looking at their previous series, last year both the teams faced each other and Kiwi dominated over the Indian players.
Southampton is the last spot for both teams and showcases the true gentlemen class cricket to the world on June 18-22. It’s hard to say, which team will dominate because both the teams are in great form.
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