World Test Championship Final: 5 Indian players who might be snapped from playing XI against New Zealand


2) Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Another All-Rounder, who has been a part of the Indian Test Squad for some time but hadn’t featured in a game for a while, will be rested once again in the Finals of WTC if he doesn’t give India his bowling services. Hardik Pandya has been recuperating from his back injury and to avoid much strain on his body, he hasn’t been bowling for some time now.

Virat has explicitly mentioned that Hardik is India’s integral member but he has bowl once again in order to sneak into the playing XI. With no signs of him bowling anytime soon and the WTC finals being just a few months away from here on, he might not get a run in the playing XI.

Since his test debut in 2017, the right-hander has amassed 532 runs at an average of 31.3 along with scalping 17 wickets at an economy rate of 3.38 and an average of 31.1. But his stats might not fetch him a spot in the final XI as he last played a Test match back in 2018, so ostensibly he is out of match practice as well.