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WTC final: Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson have led their teams brilliantly, says Brendon McCullum

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Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum feels Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson are not only inspirational leaders but have been tremendous ambassadors of the game for quite some time now.

Virat Kohli (left) and Kane Williamson (Courtesy: Reuters)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • India will face New Zealand in the final of WTC in Southampton
  • To qualify for WTC final is a tremendous achievement, says McCullum
  • Both teams will be declared joint-winners in case of a draw or tie

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum says both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson have led their teams brilliantly during the World Test Championship (WTC), and that’s why India and New Zealand have reached the final.

Speaking to Sports Today, Brendon McCullum said: “Both Virat and Kane have led their sides brilliantly. Their own forms have been superb. To be able to qualify for the WTC final is a massive achievement.”

“To reach the final of WTC, the results they needed for a long period. You have to force the situations in Test cricket to garner success in the longest format of the game. Both captains have pushed their teams to excel, and I believe they rightfully deserve the opportunity to play in the final,” McCullum added.

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India and New Zealand will play in the WTC final, scheduled to be played June 18 to 22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

On the contrasting style of Kohli and Williamson’s captaincy, McCullum said: “They are inspirational leaders but lead their teams indifferently. One (Kohli) is out and out aggressive, while the other (Williamson) is a dominant leader but is not as expressive as his counterpart. They are true ambassadors of the game and are the must-watch talents of the present time.”

“Apart from being great leaders, they are two giants of the International game at his point of time. One of the amazing qualities they both have is to get the best out of those around them. It has helped them to achieve some special things for their countries,” said McCullum.

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When asked the favourite to win the WTC final, a former New Zealand skipper kept his cards close to his chest. He said: “One of them will lift the trophy, or there is a possibility that both of them can share it because the rules have changed.”

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has changed the rules and conditions for the WTC final. Both India and New Zealand will be adjudged joint winners of the WTC if the match ends in a draw or tie.

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