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India had a great start to the first session of Day 5 of IND vs NZ WTC Final 2021 and the Indian team gained some much-needed momentum in the match. Captain Virat Kohli rotated the fast bowlers in an admirable manner which resulted in New Zealand losing its middle-order wickets in quick succession. Former England captain Nasser Hussain made a massive prediction about Virat Kohli while being impressed by his captaincy on Day 5.
The former England captain praised Virat Kohli due to his impact on Test cricket, which was also seen on Day 5 as the bowlers were helped by some shrewd changes made by him. While speaking on Star Sports, the former England captain made a massive statement about Virat Kohli’s Test career. Nasser Hussain made a prediction that Virat Kohli will end up as the greatest Test captain of the 21st century. Fans seemed to agree with the prediction made by Hussain as they showed their support to Naseer Hussain’s statement through Twitter.
Nasser Hussain (in Star Sports) said "Virat Kohli will end as the greatest Test captain of the 21st century".— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 22, 2021
Virat Kohli has changed the culture of this Indian side. - Nasser Hussain. pic.twitter.com/8sY1IFASIr— Abhi (@Abhicricket18) June 23, 2021
Nasser Hussain also praised Virat Kohli’s captaincy tactics by saying that according to him, Virat Kohli had a good day with every bowling change that he made on Day 5. He further said that for the left-hander Nicholls, they knew Ishant Sharma bowls well and bowls straight on. Nasser Hussain also addressed Virat Kohli’s move to keep Shami on even though he had bowled six or seven overs in that session. The former England captain felt that the play was pretty spot on from India throughout the session which included catching, captaincy, and bowling.
However, it is a bold prediction from Hussain since there have been captains such as Graeme Smith, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting in the 21st century who won in almost all conditions their teams played in, while Kohli is yet to win a Test series in South Africa, New Zealand and England.
Out of the 60 Test matches played under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India has won a total of 36 matches while losing 14 matches with 10 matches ending in a draw. The winning percentage of the Indian team under Virat Kohli’s captaincy is 60% which is the highest among Indian Test captains. India registered a loss percentage of 23.33% with a W/L ratio of 2.57.
The New Zealand team were restricted by a score of 249 runs at the end of Day 5. The New Zealand team lost wickets from their middle order in quick succession due to the thoughtful rotation of fast bowlers done by Virat Kohli. At the end of Day 5, India were 64/2 where Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli will open the innings going into the reserve day.
As per WTC Final live streaming details, India vs New Zealand Test match was scheduled to take place from June 18-22 where the match started at 3:00 p.m. IST for each day. However, with Day 1 and Day 4 washed out due to rain, June 23 will act as a Reserve Day to allow the remaining overs to be completed. Star Sports is the official broadcaster of India vs New Zealand live telecast in India and fans can tune into the array of Star Sports channels to watch the live coverage of the Test match. IND vs NZ WTC Final live streaming will be carried out by the Disney+ Hotstar platform and fans can tune in through their website or app.