India vs New Zealand ICC WTC Final Preview: Dream Prediction, Playing 11, Pitch Report, Top Fantasy Picks

India will take on New Zealand in the inaugural final of the World Test Championship with both teams strengthening their squads ahead of this game. New Zealand is going into this match after recently beating England in the two-match series, whilst Virat Kohli will captain India for a record 61st Test match, going past MS Dhoni.

India led the World Test championship points table with 12 wins out of 17 games and New Zealand was second in the table with 7 wins. New Zealand beat India 2-0 when they hosted them at home in the qualifying stages.

Key Highlights:


ICC World Test Championship

Match No.



Rose Bowl, Southampton

Telecast Time

3:00 pm IST

Expected Weather Conditions

21-25°C, Rain Expected

Pitch Conditions

Pace, Swing on Day 1, Spin expected later

Key Players

Virat Kohli, Ravi Ashwin, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee

India vs New Zealand - One-Off Test: Venue Details

The match between India vs New Zealand will be played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton & telecasted live at 3:00 pm IST.

  • Average 1st Innings score on this ground: 265

India vs New Zealand: Pitch Report & Weather Conditions

The temperatures will hover around 21-25 degrees, rain is expected at some time during all five days of the day. Reserve day is available for this match.

Swing and bounce are expected on Day 1 where seamers will enjoy the majority of the conditions followed by good batting conditions on Day 2 & 3. With the pitch deteriorating, spinners will come into play in the final two days. 

Top Picks for Your Dream Fantasy Team 11:

Following should be top picks for playing fantasy cricket in India vs New Zealand match:

  • Devon Conway has had an epic start to his Test career, scoring 300 runs in 2 matches against England with the highest score of 200.
  • Ajinkya Rahane has been India’s best batsman in the WTC, scoring 1095 runs in 17 matches, with an average of 43.80. 
  • Kane Williamson has racked up 817 runs in 9 matches with a highest score 251. Williamson has an average of 58.35 in the WTC. 
  • Tim Southee has been New Zealand’s best bowler in the WTC, picking up 51 wickets in 10 with a bowling average of 20.66
  • Ravi Ashwin has been India’s best bowler in the WTC, picking up 67 wickets in 13 matches with an average of 20.88

Expert Opinion on India vs New Zealand match

Some really good captaincy and vice-captaincy options would be Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor, Jasprit Bumrah and Neil Wagner based on the toss. All these players are good in their department in English conditions.

Captain & Vice-Captain choices for your fantasy XI team

  • Captain choices: Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Tim Southee
  • Vice-Captain choices: Rishabh Pant, Ravi Jadeja, Devon Conway

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