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Team India led by 'King Kohli' is all set to face the mighty Kiwis in the World Test Championship final which will start from June 18. Both sides are well-equipped with a plethora of top class players.

Moreover, there is one high-class cricketer who has decided to retire from Inrernational cricket after the World Test Championship final.

BJ Watling, New Zealand's top class wicketkeeping batsman has announced that he will retire from all formed of cricket after the World Test Championship final against India, which is scheduled to be played from June 18 to 22 in Southampton.

"It's the right time," an NZC release quoted Watling as saying. "It's been a huge honour to represent New Zealand and in particular wear the Test baggy. Test cricket really is the pinnacle of the game and I've loved every minute of being out there in the whites with the boys."

"Sitting in the changing rooms having a beer with the team after five days' toil is what I'll miss the most. I've played with some great players and made many good mates. I've also had plenty of help along the way for which I'll always be grateful," he added.

The 35-year-old Watling has had a wonderful Test career. Till now, he has scored 3789 runs in 74 Test matches at an average of 37.89. He also has 257 to his name which is more than any other New Zealand keeper.

"My wife Jess has been a constant source of stability and support and I'm certainly looking forward to being able to spend more time with her and the kids," Watling added. "I also owe a big thanks to my mum for steering me in the right direction early on and always being there for me.

"Although I've had to make this announcement ahead of the tour to England, my focus is very much on the three Tests ahead and preparing to perform in them. This tour will be a challenge on a few levels and we know as a team we will need to be at the very top of our game if we want to succeed."

The Kiwi great would like to finish his career with a World Test Championship trophy by going past the Indian side.

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