Michael Vaughan

As rain continues to frustrate fans eagerly waiting for the start of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final, Michael Vaughan has taken the opportunity to poke some fun at Team India.

The former England skipper took to Twitter on Friday to share a message for the Indian fans. He stated that the downpour ‘saved’ the Virat Kohli-led side. “I see India have been saved by the weather …. #WorldTestChampionship,” he wrote with a wacky emoji.

The first session at the Ageas Bowl has been washed out due to rain, while the toss has been delayed as well. The pitch had a bit of grass on it before the downpour started in Southampton.

Now, with the humid conditions, it seems like a hunting grounds for both pace attacks. But, Indian batsmen have struggled more in such conditions, something which was visible when they toured New Zealand last year.

Michael Vaughan had earlier predicted New Zealand to win the WTC Final. His dig perhaps implies the same. feels that New Zealand’s recent Test series win against England was a testament to their quality and ability to perform in different conditions.

“I fancy New Zealand. I know I’m going to get absolute pelters on social media for going against India. But the way New Zealand played in the two Tests against England, I think they’re going to do it,” he had told BBC Sport.

“They are a high-class cricket team – I like every aspect of their game. New Zealand play long periods of disciplined cricket, with bat and ball. They bat with a great maturity and read the situation perfectly,” he added.

“If you analyze Test cricket, generally it is the side that is able to cover all the bases the longest that wins, and New Zealand are able to do that because they have a very skillful bowling attack,” he concluded.

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