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Commenced in August 2019, Nine Teams have had competed for the final spot as they played multiple test series carrying 120 each but the ICC midway were forced to alter the rules for qualification due to the Global Pandemic caused by COVID-19.
Kane Williamson-side were already qualified months before for the final due to their prevailing win percentage. However, India tour of Australia turned out be the most crucial as India became the frontrunner for the final spot after the breathtaking Gabba win in the final hour of the series.
India convincingly thrashed England in the following home series and demolished hopes for Australia to make it to the final. Pujara, Ashwin, and Pant turned out to be the match winners of the season of India and especially Pant who pulled off a sensational knock under pressure at Gabba to nearly take India to the final.
Almost every top-order batsman have had played at Southampton before and their stats, for being, would put a little smile on face.
As curated by Crictracker, Chesteswar Pujara averages the second-most at Rose Bowl stadium who has scored 163 in 4 innings with an @54 while Indian Skipper has amassed 171 runs @42 in 4 innings.
Ajinkya Rahane averages 56 on this ground who have also played 4 innings and managed to amass 168 runs. Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill are yet to play on this wicket while Pant and Rohit Sharma have played 2 innings each but failed to leave any mark as they have scored only 17 & 34 respectively.
As far as the bowling department is concerned, so far in the tournament, all the three experienced pacers have played around 10 matches and would like to take that experience in the final. Ishant Sharma and Shami have bagged 36 wickets each at an average below 20, 17.36 & 19.77 respectively. Bumrah has picked 34 at an average of 22.
The final will be played between June 18 and June 22 at Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton.