The relentless downpour was such that even the best of drainage systems could not save the day. After multiple inspections by umpires Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth, the game was called off.
Zimbabwe, considered minnows, had put India in trouble, at 17/5, but skipper Kapil Dev bailed his team out of danger, building partnerships and winning the match for the country.
India and New Zealand's bid for the Test crown gets off to a "wet" start after rain washes out the entire day's play. After Friday sees abandonment of play, fans and players remain optimistic for Day-2. The match starts at10.30 AM local time start tomorrow.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma believes that the conditions and the situations will matter during the big-ticket final and he is not looking to overthink things, since he has played against the Kiwis and knows their strengths and weaknesses.
As several former cricketers highlight, Test cricket is the purest and most important form of cricket, the loss of which is a loss of the entire sport and not just the format.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli isn't overawed with the magnanimity of the World Test Championship Final and wants to keep things simple.
The 17-year-old Verma, who made her Test debut this Wednesday, fell a boundary short of a century, but her prowess in the longer format of the game impressed one and all.
India would like to bury their demons from their last tour to New Zealand in their quest to bag the World Test Championship trophy, while the Kiwis would look to make a memorable debut at Southampton.
BCCI President and former captain Sourav Ganguly feels that India should opt to bat first even if the conditions are overcast as that is what has worked best for the side during overseas tours.
The Apex Council of Hyderabad Cricket Association has "suspended" its own president, former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin, for alleged violation of its constitution.