The World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle is heading towards the business end. The final is all set to take place between India and Australia from June 7 at The Oval in London. Both the teams are in England gearing up for the all-important summit clash, with Rohit Sharma will lead Team India, and Pat Cummins as Australia’s skipper. Australia finished the cycle leading the table, with 152 points from 19 matches. They had a PCT of 66.67, winning eleven matches.
Meanwhile, Team India finished second with a PCT of 58.8. They won ten out of their eighteen matches, with three ending in a draw. India will be heading into the final, as the runners-up from the previous cycle. They lost to New Zealand in the final of the inaugural season of the World Test Championship final. They will be keen to change their fortunes this time and go past the final hurdle.
The Rohit Sharma-led team boasts of an experienced squad, with a good blend of young blood. They have witnessed several match-winners throughout the cycle. On that note, let’s take a look at the three players who can be match-winners for Team India in the World Test Championship final against Australia.
1. Virat Kohli
Team India batter Virat Kohli enjoys playing against Australia and will be geared up for the World Test Championship final. He has a brilliant record against them in Test cricket. In 24 matches, he has scored 1979 runs at an average of 48.26. The run tally includes eight centuries and five fifties.
Meanwhile, he has over 1000 runs in Test matches in England, with two centuries to his name. The veteran batter will head into the World Test Championship final with great confidence, given his record against Australia, and his current form. He slammed two centuries in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2023 season.
Virat Kohli scored 639 runs at an average of 53.25 and finished as the fourth-leading run-scorer in the season. His current form and outstanding record in Test cricket makes the former Indian skipper a player to watch out for in the upcoming World Test Championship final.