India is all set to face New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. The ICC WTC final 2021 will be played in England and start on June 18. The Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton, London is set to host the much-awaited match. India and New Zealand qualified for the final after competing with 7 other teams in the tournament.
ICC World Test Championship started in 2019 and 9 teams were part of the tournament. These teams played multiple bilateral Test series during the tournament and were ranked according to their performances. After the completion of all the Test series, India topped the points table and New Zealand bagged the 2nd spot. As a result, both teams secured a berth in the WTC final.
BCCI has already announced the 20-men squad for ICC World Test Championship along with 5 standby players. Among the batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, and Hanuma Vihari has made it to the squad. For wicketkeepers, Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha are the two choices.
All-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar are also part of the squad. For bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav are among the selected players.
However, only 11 players will play against New Zealand in the final match and many will be benched. Here we look at 5 Indian players who might be benched in the ICC WTC final against New Zealand.
5 Indian Players Who Might Be Benched In The ICC WTC Final 2021
If we take a look at Hanuma Vihari’s performance in the last few Tests, he has shown poor form. He played three Test matches against Australia and accounted for scores of 16, 8, 21, 4, and 23*. Later, he did not play against England as he was injured. Hanuma Vihari only plays for Indian team in the Test format so the team has a lot of expectations from the right-handed batsman.
His absence from England series and poor show in Australia series might become a reason to bench him for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand.