KL Rahul

Team India are preparing in full swing for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. The Virat Kohli-led are currently playing an intra-squad practice game at Southampton.

The BCCI, on Sunday, posted a short highlights reel from day two of the intra-squad practice match. “Highlights from Day 2 of the intra-squad match simulation here in Southampton,” the BCCI captioned the video.

KL Rahul hammered Ravindra Jadeja for a first-ball six towards the mid-wicket region. Pacer Mohammed Siraj also got a chance to bat in the practice game as he was seen hitting a good cover drive.

Earlier, the BCCI had given a score update from the practice game with Rishabh Pant smashing a quickfire century (121* off 94). Shubman Gill also looked in fine touch, scoring 85 off 135 balls.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli was also seen rolling his arm over in the practice game. The BCCI had posted a short clip of the Indian skipper bowling to Rahul. Virat and Rahul are leading the respective teams in the practice match.

India will hope to get up to match speed for the WTC Final against the Blackcaps starting on June 18. New Zealand, meanwhile, are on the verge of winning the two-match Test series against England.

The WTC Final will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton between June 18-22. The trophy will be shared in case of a draw. Team India have been awarded the right to use the home dressing room as they finished above New Zealand in the WTC points table.

Though there may not be many advantages, Ravichandran Ashwin, in his blog, explained some of the perks of using the home dressing room.

“The away dressing room is small ensuring no one feels comfortable. As we have finished in first position, we have been given a home dressing room. The viewing area of visiting team is usually smaller,” he said

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