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India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: Ravi Shastri Congratulates New Zealand On WTC Title Win | Cricket News

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson holds up the Test Mace after winning the WTC final.© AFP

Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday congratulated New Zealand after they beat the Virat Kohli-led side in the final of the World Test Championship to win the title. New Zealand beat India by eight wickets in the marquee clash in Southampton, with the match going into the Reserve Day after rain wiped out two days of play.  The former India all-rounder said New Zealand were the “better team in the conditions” and deserving winners. “Better team won in the conditions. Deserved winners after the longest wait for a World Title,” Ravi Shastri tweeted.

“Classic example of Big things don’t come easy. Well played, New Zealand. Respect,” he added.

New Zealand’s pace attack was too good for India to handle as they were bundled out for 170 in their second innings, setting New Zealand a target of 139 to win on Wednesday.

Despite Ravichandran Ashwin picking up two quick wickets to remove the New Zealand openers, captain Kane Williamson along with veteran batsman Ross Taylor saw the Kiwis coast to victory.


Williamson, who fell for 49 in New Zealand’s first innings, brought up his half-century in the second innings to cap off a brilliant display with the bat.

Kyle Jamieson, who picked up a five-wicket haul in India’s first innings and got the key scalps of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the second, was named player-of-the-match.

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Shikhar Dhawan Aces “Make People Think It’s A Photo” Challenge. Watch | Cricket News

Shikhar Dhawan posted a video of himself on Instagram.© Instagram

Shikhar Dhawan, on Thursday, posted a video of himself on Instagram after completing the “Make People Think It’s A Photo” challenge. In the short clip, the stand-in India skipper for the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka could be seen hanging from a pull-up bar with his mouth wide open to make his followers believe that it is a photo instead of a video clip. “Challenge accepted,” Dhawan captioned the post. His India and Delhi Capitals (DC) teammate Shreyas Iyer was among the first few to react. Iyer dropped two laughing emojis in the comments section.

Many social media influencers have taken up the “Make People Think It’s A Photo” challenge (aka #NotAPhoto). To participate, social media users have to post a video of them freezing in place to make it look like a photo. Later, when the music drops, they move from their spot to reveal that it was a reel and not a photo.

On Wednesday, the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand beat India by eight wickets to become the first winners of the WTC.

Dhawan will return to action next month to lead India against Sri Lanka for a six-match (three ODIs and three T20Is) tour. At present, Dhawan, along with other players, who are part of India’s 20-member squad for the Sri Lanka tour, are serving a two-week quarantine in Mumbai.

On Tuesday, after spending one week in isolation, the players were allowed to hit the team’s gym and train in a group.

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IPL 2021: Some Franchise Officials To Visit UAE After July 6 To Finalise Logistics, Says Report | Cricket News

With the remaining games of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), some of the franchises are planning to have their officials head to the country post-July 6 to finalise the logistics, keeping a strict eye on the COVID-19 protocols. Speaking to ANI, an official of one of the franchises said it is important to head to UAE as the situation is a little different as compared to the 2020 edition and bulk bookings can be a problem considering that borders will be open for travel. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had confirmed that the remaining matches of IPL 2021 will be held in UAE in the September-October window.

“We are looking at heading to the UAE post-July 6 once we get the go-ahead from the BCCI and the government so that we can seal the logistical deals. Unlike last year, bulk bookings won’t be as easy this year as you will have people travelling into the country and that makes the work around bio-bubbles all the more critical,” the official explained.

Another official said it had approached the BCCI to travel earlier, but getting the approval will take some time. “We sent in a request to the BCCI to travel, but we have been asked to wait for the approval. While we had a good stay last time, we are looking at ways to making things even better this time around and that is the reason why we want to be present there while dealing with the hotel management,” the official said.

An official of another franchise confirmed that they are looking at a change in hotel and thus it will be important to be physically present to close the deal.

“We are looking at a new option and if we get a good deal, we will be looking to close the deal at the earliest. You need the hotel staff and the travel staff like drivers to also undergo quarantine and RT-PCR tests before entering the bio-bubble. So, the earlier we can zero in on the logistics, the better for all of us,” the official told ANI.

The IPL is set to get underway on September 19 and the final is to be played on October 15. This would also mean that it is just before the T20 World Cup. And that has seen franchises sweating over whether foreign players would be made available to them.

While some of the players have in recent times said that they could miss the remaining part of the IPL with an eye on the T20 World Cup — set to be played in October-November — franchises are confident that BCCI will engage in positive discussions with the foreign boards and make the players available for the remaining games.

“While we are yet to hear from the BCCI on this, we are confident that we will have the services of the foreign players. Hoping for them to get the NOCs from their respective boards,” the official said.


Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt has already confirmed that CWI, the BCCI, and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are engaged in talks for a tweaked CPL schedule to accommodate the second phase of the IPL.

The CPL, which was originally scheduled to commence on August 28, will now be played in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15.

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WTC Final: Virat Kohli Says “Not In Absolute Agreement” Of Deciding Best Test Side Over Course Of One Game | Cricket News

Echoing the views of head coach Ravi Shastri, India skipper Virat Kohli has said that the best Test team in the world should be decided by a best-of-three final and not a one-off game like it was in the inaugural edition. India were able to bounce back to win the series against Australia and England but couldn’t do so with the World Test Championship final, a one-off game against New Zealand which ended with Kohli’s men losing by eight wickets on Wednesday.

“Well, look, firstly, I’m not in absolute agreement of deciding the best Test side in the world over the course of one game, to be very honest,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.

“If it is a Test series, it has to be a test of character over three Tests, which team has the ability to come back into the series or totally blow away the other team. It can’t just be pressure applied over two days of good cricket and then you suddenly are not a good Test side anymore. I don’t believe in that.”

Shastri had advocated a three-match finale before the team departed for England earlier this month. Kohli feels a multi-game final would also capture the essence of Test cricket much better than a one-off showdown.

“I think it has to be a hard grind and something that definitely needs to be worked on in the future to really — at the end of three matches, there’s effort, there’s ups and downs, there are situations changing throughout the course of the series…

“…A chance to rectify the things that you’ve done wrong in the first game and then really see who’s the better side over the course of a three-match series or something will be a good measure of how things really are.”

Kohli maintained the loss to New Zealand is not a true reflection of their achievements in the two-year WTC cycle.

“…So we are not too bothered by this result because we understand, as I said, as a Test side what we’ve done over the last three, four years, not just over the last 18 months but over the last three, four years.

“So this is not a measure of who we are as a team and the ability and the potential we have had for so many years now.”

Scheduling a best of three final amid a packed international calendar will be a big challenge for the ICC going forward. Kohli said one tends to remember a hard-fought series a lot more than a single contest.


“I think this definitely has to be brought in. I’m not saying this because we’re not on the winning side, but just for Test cricket and for this saga to be absolutely memorable.

“I think it has to happen over a period of three games minimum so that you have a series to remember because there are going to be ups and downs through and through with two quality sides going at each other knowing that there’s so much on the line,” he added. 

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India vs New Zealand: How New Zealand Players Celebrated World Test Championship Win Inside The Dressing Room. Watch | Cricket News

New Zealand players were overjoyed as they won their first major ICC title on Wednesday.© Instagram

New Zealand beat India by eight wickets to win the first-ever World Test Championship title at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. With just three runs needed for the win, Ross Taylor smashed Mohammed Shami towards the square-leg fence to wrap up the win for New Zealand. The International Cricket Council (ICC) took to Instagram to reveal the scenes from inside the New Zealand dressing room that followed after Taylor hit the winning runs. “WTC21 | Euphoria in the Black Caps dressing room The @blackcapsnz dressing room the moment @rossltaylor3 hit the winning runs in the #WTC21 Final,” the video was captioned on Instagram. In the video, pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult can be seen jumping in joy inside the dressing room. 

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Taylor remained unbeaten on 47 while New Zealand skipper was not out on 52 as they chased down the 139-run target with eight wickets in hand. 

It was another heartbreak for Virat Kohli under whom India suffered another defeat in a big ICC knockout game. Previously, India had lost the Champions Trophy final in 2017 and the semi-final of the 50-over World Cup in 2019 with Kohli as the captain of the side. 

In the match, India were bowled for 217 after being sent in to bat by Williamson after the first day’s play was washed out due to rain in Southampton. 

Rain again made its presence felt in the summit clash as even on Day 4 the play was called off without a ball being bowled. 


New Zealand posted 249 runs in their first innings, taking a lead of 32 runs. 

In reply, India suffered a collapse on the final day of the match and were bundled out for 170. Chasing 139 for the win, Williamson and Taylor steered their side home comfortably as New Zealand won their first major ICC trophy.

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England vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: Jos Buttler Wraps Up England Win After Bowlers Restrict Sri Lanka | Cricket News

Jos Buttler saw England to a comfortable eight-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday as the hosts went 1-0 up in a three-match series. Sri Lanka were restricted to a modest 129-7 after winning the toss, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid taking 2-17 from his four overs and Sam Curran 2-25 from three overs. Chris Woakes, playing his first international T20 since 2015, went wicketless in an economical return of 0-14 in three overs. Rashid, however, did not concede a boundary while enticing Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga to hole out to Chris Jordan at long-on.

Only Dasun Shanaka with 50 off 44 balls really threatened England’s attack. 

But a target of 130 proved well within the range of England, the world’s top-ranked T20 side, as they won with 17 balls to spare.

Buttler thrashed eight fours and one six in his innings and shared an opening stand of 80 with Jason Roy.

“The thing about batting in partnerships is it allows you to try and sit in and keep Roy back on strike,” said player of the match Buttler, whose innings was labelled a “masterclass” by England captain Eoin Morgan

“I think it was a fantastic performance from the boys, early wickets in the power play always keep you in the game,” added Buttler after his ninth half-century in just 20 T20 innings opening for England.

Morgan, speaking to BBC Radio, was pleased by an all-round display that augurs well for England’s prospects in October’s T20 World Cup.

“It’s a great way to start a series that’s so condensed,” he said.

“The bowlers really did set the tone, so full credit to them. Chris Woakes has come and performed extremely well. Liam Livingstone has done a really good job and taken his opportunity.

“In the chase, Roy and Buttler at the top of the order are a quite formidable pair, and when they play in the fashion that they can be quite intimidating.”

Sri Lanka captain Kusal Perera added: “Our batting department was not up to the mark — 130 was not good enough against the number one side in the world.


“Our bowlers gave us a little bit of hope. There are a lot of youngsters in our team but that is no an excuse. We have to adapt to conditions.”

The series continues with a second match at Sophia Gardens on Thursday.

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WTC Final: Sachin Tendulkar, Former Cricketers Congratulate New Zealand For ICC Title Win vs India | Cricket News

Sachin Tendulkar led the way as members from the cricket fraternity took to social media to congratulate New Zealand for winning the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) title. Led by Kane Williamson, New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, on Wednesday. “Congrats @BLACKCAPS on winning the #WTC21. You were the superior team. #TeamIndia will be disappointed with their performance. As I had mentioned the first 10 overs will be crucial & Flag of India lost both Kohli & Pujara in the space of 10 balls & that put a lot of pressure on the team,” tweeted Tendulkar.

2011 ODI World Cup winner Virender Sehwag praised Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor for their match-winning partnership. “Missed being 50-over champions 2 years ago in the same country, but winning the inaugural World test Championship in style, many congratulations @BLACKCAPS , absolutely worthy champions. Happy for Kane Williamson and @RossLTaylor #INDvNZ”, he tweeted.

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum also took to Twitter to pass on his wishes to Kane Williamson and his team. “To Kane and all of the boys, We love you”, he wrote on Twitter.

Test cricket legend VVS Laxman also congratulated New Zealand for their win in the WTC Final. He tweeted, “Congratulations @BLACKCAPS on being deserving champions. NZ bowlers were terrific, Williamson & Taylor brought in their experience to finish the job. Indian batsman will rue not playing to potential in 2nd innings,but India can be proud of the way they played the WTC cycle #IndvNZ”.

Having been set a target of 139 runs by India, New Zealand reached 140 for two in 45.5 overs, winning by eight wickets. Williamson smashed 52 runs off 89 balls, packed with eight fours. Meanwhile, Taylor, who hit the winning boundary, slammed an unbeaten knock of 47 off 100 balls.

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India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli Defends Playing XI Despite Defeat In WTC Final | Cricket News

Virat Kohli said India fielded their best team and had no regrets about not playing an extra pacer.© AFP

India captain Virat Kohli was adamant that their decision to stick to playing three pacers in the World Test Championship final was the correct one as they fielded their “best combination” in the defeat against New Zealand. India had announced their side a day before the final was supposed to start, but rain washed out Day 1, and there were questions on whether India should have played with another fast bowler, given the conditions would provide more assistance to them.

“We’ve been successful with this combination in different conditions. We thought this was our best combination, and we had batting depth as well, and if there was more game time, the spinners would have come into the game more as well,” Kohli said after the match in Southampton.

He also congratulated New Zealand for forcing a result in a match marred by rain.

“Big congratulations to Kane (Williamson) and the whole team. They showed great consistency and heart to pull out a result in just over three days, sticking to their processes to put us under pressure. They deserved the win,” he said.

Kohli said that they never got any momentum on the Day 2 of the Test, which was effectively the first day, as rain and bad light kept interrupting play.


“The first day got washed out, and when play resumed it was difficult to get any momentum. We lost only three wickets, but we could have got more runs if play had gone on without the interruptions. Today, the Kiwi bowlers executed their plans to perfection and pushed us back, and we were probably 30 or 40 runs short,” Kohli said.

New Zealand beat India by eight wickets in the first ever World Test Championship final.

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India vs New Zealand: New Zealand Defy Size With Sheer Class And Power, As They Beat India To WTC Mace | Cricket News

WTC Final: Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor guided New Zealand to victory on the final day.© AFP

New Zealand enjoyed the greatest triumph in their cricket history as they beat India by eight wickets in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton on Wednesday. Two years on from their agonising Super Over loss to England in the 50-over World Cup final at Lord’s, New Zealand’s men claimed their first major global title. Set a victory target of just 139 in 53 overs, New Zealand finished on 140-2 with more than seven overs left after the match was extended into the reserve sixth day after two days’ play were completely washed out.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reduced New Zealand to 44-2 after removing both openers.

But New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (47 not out), the team’s two most-experienced batsmen, shared an unbroken stand of 96 to seal victory.

The real damage was done by New Zealand’s all-pace attack, with India dismissed for just 170 in their second innings earlier Wednesday despite a rare sunny day in this match at the Hampshire Bowl providing the best batting conditions of the entire game.


Tim Southee took 4-48 in 19 overs, with Rishabh Pant (41) the only India batsman to manage a score above 30 in the innings.

This final marked the culmination of a two-year cycle of series to determine Test cricket’s first official world champions.

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WTC Final: Indian Fan’s Dramatic Response To Rahane’s Wicket In WTC Final. Watch | Cricket News

WTC Final: An India supporter reacted dramatically to Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket in the second innings.© ICC/Instagram

Fans in attendance for Day 6 of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton had several moments to cherish as the top two teams on the Championship fought out for the coveted title. One India fan experienced a full circle of emotions while cheering their side on as they went from jubilation to disappointment within seconds corresponding to the action on the field. The International Cricket Council (ICC) posted a video on their social media channels that showed this India fan go from an agitated state to a sad one as Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed in the second innings.

Rahane was strangled down the leg side by Trent Boult for 15 runs as India were dismissed for 170 in their second innings.

Boult also accounted for Rishabh Pant and R Ashwin to finish with 3 for 39 but the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand was Tim Southee, who returned 4 for 48.

Kyle Jamieson continued to impress as he dismissed India captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the first session of the reserve day.


Rishabh Pant’s measured knock of 41 and Rohit Sharma’s 30 at the top of the order helped India get a lead of 138 runs in the second innings.

The match extended into the reserve day as all five regular days of play were affected by rain and bad light, with days one and four completed washed out due to rain.

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