Latest Cricket News Updates Latest news from (c) en-gb Thu 24 Jun 2021 Test cricket is still the ultimate format: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly Former India skipper and the current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has stated that Test cricket has always been the ultimate format of the sport and will remain so. Speaking after India’s loss in the World Test Championship (WTC) final to New Zealand, Virat Kohli described Test cricket as the heartbeat of international cricket. We were 30-40 short of giving them a good target: Virat Kohli on WTC final loss Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that his side fell 30-40 runs of setting New Zealand a good target in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton. Resuming the reserve day on 64 for 2, India were rolled over for 170 in their second innings, setting the Kiwis a target of 139. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (47) then starred in a 96-run unbroken stand for the third wicket to guide the Kiwis home to victory in the maiden WTC Former India and New Zealand cricketers disappointed as rain plays spoilsport on Day 4 of WTC final Former India and New Zealand cricketers have expressed their unhappiness over the way the ICC has conducted the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. According to VVS Laxman and Shane Bond, a draw looks the highly likely result even with the Reserve Day available. After Day 1, Day 4 of the WTC final in Southampton on Monday was completely abandoned due to rain We are pretty content with the players we have selected for WTC final: Kyle Jamieson New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson has asserted that the Kiwis are pretty happy with the team combination for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. After New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl on Saturday, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson revealed that they will be going in with an all-pace attack, with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme being picked as the fifth pace bowling option ahead of left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel. “The‌ ‌players‌ ‌are‌ ‌in‌ ‌good‌ ‌space,”‌ ‌asserts‌ ‌India‌ ‌fielding‌ ‌coach‌ ‌R‌ ‌Sridhar‌ ‌after‌ ‌washout‌ ‌on‌ ‌Day‌ ‌1‌ ‌of‌ ‌ WTC‌ ‌final‌ “The players are in good space,” asserts India fielding coach R Sridhar after washout on Day 1 of WTC final We‌ ‌know‌ ‌how‌ ‌strong‌ ‌the‌ ‌Indian‌ ‌seam‌ ‌bowling‌ ‌attack‌ ‌is:‌ ‌Kane‌ ‌Williamson‌ ‌ New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admitted that India are a very strong side and that they expect a tough contest from Virat Kohli’s men. After all the hype over the past few days, the World Test Championship (WTC) final is all set to get underway on Friday, amid the threat of rain. Speaking ahead of the WTC final in Southampton, Williamson praised India for their strength across all departments. He added that both teams will be looking to give it their best, and that the anticipation level is really high. Rohit Sharma a tremendous player, but India a dangerous batting lineup throughout: Tim Southee New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has admitted that India are a very dangerous batting lineup and that the Kiwi bowlers will have to be on top of their game to do well. New Zealand will face India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton from June 18. Expressing his admiration for Team India opener Rohit Sharma at a virtual press conference, Southee added that there are others who can make a difference as well. England should look at New Zealand and try to improve: Nasser Hussain Former England captain Nasser Hussain has hailed New Zealand for their methodical approach after the Kiwis trumped the Englishmen by eight wickets in the Edgbaston Test on Sunday. The victory marked the Black Caps’ first Test series win in England since 1999. It was also England’s first Test series loss at home since 2014. According to Hussain, New Zealand were brilliant in both Test matches.