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  • Writer's pictureSaurabh Nagpal

How attention to detail and tactical nous enabled New Zealand’s superiority in the WTC final?



This article was written for and published by on June 26, 2021.


On the sixth day of a five-day World Test Championship final between two exceedingly exceptional teams, Ross Taylor stylishly whipped Mohamed Shami for a boundary in the 46th over as Kane Williamson’s Black Caps chased down the target of 139 and were crowned the champions of the inaugural edition of this tournament, on what was virtually the fourth day of cricketing action in this heavily rain-interrupted match. Sounds a bit baffling and absurd, doesn’t it?

While the cricketing action in this ‘ultimate test’ was highly disrupted by the weather conditions, the awfully good quality of the cricket at display felt like the players’ manner of apologizing and compensating for the rain gods’ mistakes. The conditions remained tough for batting throughout the test, but neither of the teams put their guards down. The run rate in the first two innings of this match was just 2.25rpo – this was the slowest ever since 2013. There was a constant tussle for gaining leverage over the other, and even though the game was fairly even for the majority of the time, eventually the Kiwis proved themselves to be superior. Let’s look at why and how this was the case...



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