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What a day to start the ICC World Test Championship final: 18 June 2021. The men in blue have encountered uncertainties on this day and yet have gotten another big tournament to rival for. Virat Kohli and co will undergo the WTC final versus the Kane Williamson-led men on Friday at Southampton, Ageas Bowl, to hunt for the maiden ICC trophy under his leadership tenure.
The mentioned date has more bloomed like a curse to Indian cricket as they have developed a losing history specifically. Have a quick look:
India vs. Bangladesh, 1st ODI, 2015
During India vs. Bangladesh series post the 2015 World Cup, the team was then commanded by the greatest Indian leader, MS Dhoni. However, he couldn’t utilize his greatness and lost combating the Bangladeshis on 18th June in the first ODI of the series.
India vs. Zimbabwe, 1st T20I, 2016
Team India underwent a three-match t20i series facing the minnows men in red. The defeat wasn’t speculated, but it thrived so. Repeating, the date was 18th June that has been blaspheming Indian cricket for a longspun.
India vs. Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2017
The gravest might have never befallen, but then Kohli and men faced Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017. Indians were crushed to the degree that 18th June is firmly celebrated with finesse by Pakistan’s cricketing fellowship every year.
What can be parsed from the mentioned above scraps is that the men in blue have a losing flare on this date, and it may again bring unfortunates to them as they will stand in one of the most magnanimous battles in cricket chronicle.
Moreover, the two commanders, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli will confront their fourth and third ICC events as captains, respectively, hunting for the maiden ICC title. Distinctly, Kohli’s first chance to lead his team in the ICC event was the CT2017, later followed by the World Cup 2019. However, the defeated captain tackled thoroughly throughout the tournaments but merely could accomplish at the last stages.
On the other hand, Williamson commanded the black caps in the T20 World Cup 2016 at first, failing to drag the co till the playoffs. Something similar to the 2016 T20 World Cup was destined for him in the CT17. However, his venture has been successful in the World Cup 2019, where he eventually lost to England in the final amidst some flawed rules after a super over-tie.
World Test Championship Final: India in the hunt for a revenge
It is pertinent to mention here that New Zealand then defeated the men in blue in the sem-finals of the WC19 to kick them out of the tournament; hence, India might seek revenge in the World Test Championship final. Thus, it anticipates the two ‘yet to win an ICC trophy’ contestants will be bolting horns at the big stage of an ICC play for the second time in archives.