After incessant rain washed out the game in the first day of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final, day 2 saw a clear weather that gave way for the marquee game between India and New Zealand finally roll out.
The second day saw New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson win the toss and choosing to field first. Having lost the toss, India opened the match with batting. The team was seen wearing black armbands. This is in honour of the Indian track legend Milkha Singh, who passed away in Chandigarh after losing the battle against COVID-19 on Friday night. He was 91.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) paid tribute to ‘The Flying Sikh’, who had represented India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly also mourned his death and wrote in a post on Twitter, “Extremely saddened by this news ..RIP ,India’s one of the greatest sportsman..you have made young Indians dream of becoming an athlete..had the privilege of knowing you so closely ..”
Indian skipper Virat Kohli also expressed his grief over the demise of the Indian legend.
“A legacy that inspired a whole nation to aim for excellence. To never give up and chase your dreams. Rest in Peace #MilkhaSingh ji. You will never be forgotten,” he wrote.
The legacy of Milkha Singh at a glance
- Milkha Singh represented India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics in the 200m and 400m race categories.
- He emerged as the Gold Medallist in the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo.
- Milkha Singh finished in the fourth position at the 1960 Rome Olympics in the 400m race.
- He won the Gold Medal in the 1962 Asian Games.
- In 1959, he was awarded the revered Padma Shri, India’s 4th highest civilian award for his remarkable achievements in the field of sports.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing WTC final, team India has accumulated 69 runs at the cost of two wickets, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, in 28 overs at the end of the first session. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are shouldering the durties currently shouldering the innings.
New Zealand’s decision seems to workout in their favor as the bowlers look in a terrific form. Kyle Jamieson, who scalped the wicket of Rohit Sharma, is proving to be a tough to face for the opponents. While Neil Wagner, who bowled just two overs in the first session, managed to scalp the wicket of Shubman Gill.
India needs to get their act together if they wish to dominate in the game.
WTC Final: Playing XI of Finalists
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult