From 2019-2021, for the very first time, the concept of a World Test Championship is making its journey come to the absolute end with the top 2 teams making it to the final on the 18th of June at Southampton. India v/s New Zealand is going to be one hell of a game for all fantasy cricket enthusiasts after these two teams played some exceptional cricket over the last 2 years.
In the whole tournament, we saw many memorable knocks that graced the Championship and gave us some of the best moments in the history of world cricket.
Top 5 Innings in WTC:
Ben Stokes’ Heroics at Headingley
73 needed to win and 1 wicket in hand. Australia was all set to retain the Ashes at Leeds, Headingley. Jack Leach came out as number 11 with a century to his name against Ireland. Up against was a mighty Aussie attack with Lyon, Cummins, Hazlewood, etc. but there stood 1 man between the Aussies and the Ashes. England’s world cup hero Ben Stokes (135*) played in T20 style and made a historic 10th wicket partnership of 76 runs unbeaten as he punched the air after stroking Pat Cummins for the winning boundary. The whole of England erupted at Headingley.
Steve Smith’s Return in Style
After his 1 year ban, Smith made his return onto the field amidst the booing crowd of England at Edgbaston. A determined legend of the game played like one and while wickets were tumbling at the other end, it was Smith’s 144 that not only gave him redemption but also a huge cheer from the booing crowd. In the 2nd innings, Steve Smith came back and scored another century and became the 1st Aussie to score a century in both innings of the Ashes
Ajinkya’s Knock Breaks the Jinks
36 all out and no Virat Kohli for the rest of the series. Boxing day test at Melbourne and a bruised Indian side came on to the field under the acting Captain: Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane boasted of an unbelievable captaincy record of losing 0 tests when made the skipper. But this time, India needed a strong statement, a comeback for the ages. Jinks did just that as he scored 112 against the same bowlers that had created chaos in Adelaide. India won the match and then the series as well.
Pantastic Gabba Breach
Rishabh’s 97 at Sydney not only helped India save a test match loss but also gave us hope of winning that test match against Australia. Had he spent half an hour more at the crease, India would have won that match but that didn’t stop Pant to take his heroics to the Aussie ‘fortress’ of Gabba. Paine’s challenge to Ashwin got him into all sorts of embarrassments as India chased 328 runs on the last day of the test match. Courtesy an Indian batting lineup led by Rishabh Pant 89*. The fortress was breached and the series was yet again: India’s.
Mayers Stuns the World
395 runs to win on the last day of a test match on a turning wicket in Bangladesh against 3 quality Bangla bowlers. No joking there! But West Indian debutant Kyle Mayers had other plans. Not only did he go on to score a 216 run partnership with another debutant Bonner, but even after his partner’s dismissal, he continued to smash the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Making 210* on his test debut and winning the test in the most historic passion, he not only stunned Bangladesh but the world had to take some time to sink in what they’d just seen.
Which one is your favorite knock of the World Test Championship?
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