New Delhi: India on Thirsday (June 17) announced the playing 11 for the World Test Championship Final. “Here’s #TeamIndia‘s Playing XI for the #WTC21 Final,” tweeted BCCI from their official Twitter handle. Shubman Gill got they nod ahead of KL Rahul to be Rohit Sharma’s opening partners. Cheteshwar Pujara comes in next followed by captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.
After his successful exploits against Australia and England Rishbah Pant has been given the wicketkeeping duties.
The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin will be expected to not only get wiockets but also provide strength to the lower batting order.
Jasprit Bumrah will spearhead the pace attack for the Indian and will be ably supported by Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami who got the nod to play ahead of Umesh Yadav.
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— BCCI (@BCCI) June 17, 2021
Ahead of the final, Kohli said that one Test Match was not a true reflection of the skill of his team ahead of the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand. adding that he was treating it as just another game. “One game over five days. It’s not going to reflect anything and those who understand the game know and also what has gone over the period of last four to five years,” Kohli said on the eve of the big final against the Black Caps.
He added,””If we win, cricket will not stop and if we lose also, cricket won’t stop. We are playing in a quest of excellence and understanding who we are as a team.”
— ICC (@ICC) June 17, 2021
When quizzed over the team combination he simply answered that he would select “A team with enough batting depth and bowling resources”.
He also denied that it was the biggest game of his career.
“This is just another Test match. All these things (WTC final) look good from the outside. One game can’t become a do-or-die game. It’s a great moment but cricket goes on just like life goes on.”
India and New Zealand will battle it out for the inaugural crown of the WTC which will be held from June 18-22.
“The occasion needs to be enjoyed and no more important than the first Test that we all played as young players trying to rise through the ranks,” added Kohli.
“We need to have belief in our abilities and keep things simple. It’s a contest between bat and ball.”
India last played a Test against England in March while their rivals played their last Test just four days back as they defeated England by eight wickets in the second Test to win their first series on English soil in 22 years.
With inputs from PTI