Williamson, Kohli

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith feels the World Test Championship (WTC) final between Virat Kohli-led India and Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will be a battle of two contrasting captaincy styles.

“Kane is very reserved, excellent player. He is very smart and strategic. Virat brings passion and leads from the front. Kane and Virat, as players, are two of the best batters in the world. Let us see how they manage themselves in the big stage like that,” Smith told IANS.

However, Smith, who captained South Africa in 108 Tests from 2003-2014, backed the Blackcaps to win the marquee clash, largely due to the cloudy and overcast conditions in England.

During the same interaction, former Australia leggie Shane Warne, Shane Warne, who is the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, said, “I am looking forward to the contrast in captains.”

Meanwhile, former Australian skipper Ian Chappell said that the inaugural WTC Final won’t just be a battle between Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli on the captaincy front but also on the batting front.

Clive Lloyd, who led West Indies to successive World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979, suggested that this New Zealand side is one of the best they have had in their cricket history.

“It is one of the best sides they have had as far as their fast bowling is concerned, their bats are concerned and spinners are concerned. They are now a complete side,” said Lloyd.

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