WTC Final: Rahane, Pujara, Shami, Ishant and Ashwin participate in an interesting rapid-fire round

WTC Final: Rahane, Pujara, Shami, Ishant and Ashwin participate in an interesting rapid-fire round

Entering the WTC final, New Zealand will have a massive advantage over the Virat Kohli-led side.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Mohammad Shami
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Mohammad Shami. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship between India and New Zealand is just a day away and thus the preparations of both cricket teams are in a full swing. The social media handles of both the teams are regularly posting clips and snaps from the training and practice sessions to create hype and buzz around the marquee event. 

On June 15, Tuesday, the official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a fun video featuring Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Ravi Ashwin. The two minutes, 45 seconds clip saw all the five aforementioned players participating in a rapid-fire round. 

During the rapid-fire, the Indian cricketers answered questions regarding their favorite English breakfast, three Bollywood movies shot in England, and the three things the players like to do in the United Kingdom.

BCCI posted the video with the caption, “Movies, breakfast, laughter & more! DO NOT MISS: A fun round of rapid-fire with #TeamIndia members @ajinkyarahane88, @ImIshant, @cheteshwar1, @ashwinravi99 & @MdShami11 on the sidelines of a training session! #WTC21”

India host practice match to prepare for WTC final

Entering the WTC final, New Zealand will have a massive advantage over the Virat Kohli-led side. The Kiwis landed in the United Kingdom way before the Indian contingent. New Zealand were involved in a two-match Test series against the England side from June 2 to June 14. 

The Test series provided the Blackcaps a chance to accommodate the English conditions and get back in the rhythm. The Test series saw New Zealand scripting an iconic win over the English nation. While the first match between the two sides ended in a draw, New Zealand won the second game by eight wickets. 

India, on the other hand, is relying on intra-squad practice matches and training sessions to get the players back into the groove. The Indian team management hosted a four-day practice game by dividing the entire squad into two games. One team was led by Virat Kohli while KL Rahul was named as the skipper of the other side.