Team India were in a real spot of bother when they were tasked to defeat England in the Test series if they were to qualify for the World Test Championship final. The Three Lions boasted a star-studded line-up and they locked horns with India in the four-match Test series.
The Joe Root-led team won the series opener and took the first lead in the series. However, the first Test defeat didn’t affect the Indians by any means. The hosts made a stellar rebound in the next three Tests and won the series by 3-1.
In addition to that, they also qualified for the ICC World Test Championship final. Earlier, New Zealand were the first team to qualify for the final. Now both the cricketing giants will lock horns with each other next month, on June 30 in Southampton.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the squad for the WTC final. Surprisingly, Prithvi Shaw and Hardik Pandya were overlooked by the selectors. Prithvi Shaw who took his batting to the next level in the IPL has been asked to shed a few more kilos to make a comeback to the Indian team.
In this listicle, we will take a look at the probable playing XI of Team India for the all-important final.
1. Rohit Sharma
Gone are the days when the critics used to take a swipe at Rohit Sharma’s performance as a Test batsman. But whatever has happened has happened. Ever since he was promoted as an opener in a Test, there has been a sensational turnaround.
Rohit made a mark for himself in the traditional format. His performance spoke big volumes in the recently-concluded Test series against England. He was the leading run-scorer with 345 runs at a fantastic batting average of 57.50.
Rohit’s 161-run knock helped India claw their way back into the second Test against England. His consistency with the bat as a Test opener will play an important role when India will cross swords with New Zealand in the marquee clash.