Chasing the Dream: India's Road to the WTC Final
As the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) draws to a close, all eyes are on the much-anticipated final clash between India and New Zealand, scheduled to take place in June 2021 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England. For India, the journey to the finals has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride, marked by some stunning victories and some dismal performances. Let's
take a closer look at India's road to the WTC final.India started their WTC campaign in August 2019 with a two-match series against West Indies, which they won convincingly. They went on to beat South Africa 3-0 in a home series and continued their winning streak by clinching a historic 2-1 series victory against Australia on their home turf. This series win was
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significant achievement for India as they had never won a Test series in Australia before.However, India's fortunes took a turn for the worse when they travelled to New Zealand in early 2020. They were comprehensively beaten 2-0 in the two-match series, with the batsmen failing to adapt to the tricky conditions on offer. This defeat left many Indian fans worried about the team's
ability to perform in overseas conditions.The COVID-19 pandemic brought the cricketing world to a standstill, and India's WTC campaign was also affected. Their away series against Sri Lanka was postponed, and their home series against England was curtailed to just four matches instead of five. India won the series 3-1, but the team's performance was patchy, with the batsmen struggling to score runs consistently.