India Announced for WTC Final: Team India has released a list of 15 players for the World Test Championship final to be played against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18 to 22. Based on the list, it is decided that Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will open the innings for India. The suspense still remains on the bowling combination. However, the ouster of Shardul Thakur has reduced the chances of four fast bowlers being included in the playing-11.
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Batting Core Intact, Vihari Also in Team
India has kept the batting core for this match as it was in the home Test series against England. That is, after Rohit and Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara at number three, captain Virat Kohli at number four and Ajinkya Rahane at number-5 seems to be fixed. Hanuma Vihari has also been included in the team. If the Indian team comes with 6 specialist batsmen (except the wicketkeeper) then only Vihari can get a chance in the playing-11. In such a situation, Pant will come at number 7. If Vihari is not included, Pant will play at No.6.
Two Spinners are Expected to Play
It is also evident from the list of 15 players of India that the team management is planning to play two spinners. If four fast bowlers play, either Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja will have to be out. In such a situation, Shardul Thakur would have been included, because he can bat well. Now that Shardul is not in the team, there is a possibility of weakening the Indian batting with Ishant, Shami, Bumrah and Siraj playing. India Announced for WTC Final.
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Suspense Continues on Ishant and Siraj
India have included Ishant, Bumrah, Shami and Siraj as well as Umesh Yadav. However, Umesh’s chances of playing are said to be low in terms of recent form and opportunities. Bumrah and Shami’s place in the playing 11 is considered fixed. In such a situation, the screw gets stuck here that between Ishant and Siraj, who will get a chance in the playing-11. The answer to this question can be found only on the day of the match.