ICC World Test Championship final is the next prominent encounter for the Indian team. India will lock horns with New Zealand in the ICC WTC final next month. The Test match will be played at The Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton, England and start on June 18. India and New Zealand secured the 1st and 2nd spot respectively in the points table to fix their berth in the final. During the ICC World Test Championship tournament, the Indian team played 17 matches, winning 12, losing 4 while 1 ended in a draw. New Zealand played 11 matches, winning 7 and losing 4.
BCCI has announced the Indian squad for the ICC World Test Championship final. Youngsters who impressed during India’s previous Test series against Australia and England are part of the squad. These include Washington Sundar, Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, and Rishabh Pant. Players like Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Mohammed Shami, KL Rahul, and Umesh Yadav, who were injured during the India vs Australia Test series, have also made a comeback to the squad after recovery.
With so many brilliant performers in the team, Indian captain Virat Kohli will have a tough job to chose the playing XI for the ICC World Test Championship final. The conditions in England will also play a role in the selection of the final playing XI of the Indian team. Here we look at 3 shocking decisions that we can expect from Virat Kohli in the ICC World Test Championship final.
ICC World Test Championship Final: 3 Shocking Decisions We Can Expect From Virat Kohli
1. Bench Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin has been the most successful bowler for India in the ICC World Test Championship tournament. Ashwin has scalped 67 wickets in 13 matches (24 innings) in the tournament. He is the 3rd highest wicket-taker overall and the highest wicket-taker for India. However, the conditions in England grounds are quite opposite to that of Indian stadiums.
Pitches and weather in England offer a good amount of swing and pace, which help the fast bowlers. Indian squad also has all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is a spin bowler and can bowl well during the match. So Virat Kohli might go with more pacers and drop Ravichandran Ashwin from the playing XI. This might be a shocking decision we can expect from Virat Kohli.