The final of the inaugural World Test Championship will be played between India and New Zealand at the Rose Bowl in Southampton from June 18 to 22. The Kiwis put up some very good performances at home against West Indies and Pakistan, and became the first side to qualify after the proposed Australia South Africa Test series was postponed owing to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. India also qualified after hammering England 3-1 in the four-match Test series at home. In this feature, we take a look at India’s predicted XI for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
OPENERS: ROHIT SHARMA, SHUBMAN GILL
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill should be India’s first-choice openers for the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Rohit displayed excellent form in the Test series against England, hitting the series-changing hundred in Chennai. Gill struggled in the series but had excelled on debut in Australia. With question marks persisting over Mayank Agarwal’s form, Gill should retain his place.
MIDDLE-ORDER: CHETESHWAR PUJARA, VIRAT KOHLI (CAPT), AJINKYA RAHANE (VC), RISHABH PANT (WK)
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Kumar is a right-arm fast-medium bowler who swings the ball both ways efficiently, especially adept at creating late swing, and a useful lower order right-handed batsman. His talent was first noticed in a T20 match against Pakistan, where he successfully took a three-wicket haul. After adding pace in his bowling, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has become Team India’s match winner, picking wickets in the process.
MOST CONTROVERSIAL XI OF ALL-TIME IN CRICKET
Cricket, also known as the gentleman’s game, has had its fair share of controversies over the years. While most of the controversies have been related to match-fixing allegations and sledging, in some cases, players have tarnished their image with their off-the-field lifestyle and remarks. Keeping all that in mind, we present you the most controversial XI of all time:
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India-Pakistan Combined T20I XI Of Current Players
The two Asian giants only play against each other in ICC events or multi-team events like the Asia Cup. Though both teams have played plenty of Tests and One-Day Internationals against each other, the same can’t be said about the shortest format of the game. Both teams have met 8 times in T20I cricket, with India winning 7 of them, including the most recent one in 2016. While India are currently second in the T20I rankings, Pakistan are fourth. Nevertheless, players from both India and Pakistan continue being part of fantasy teams of fans on both sides of the border. And, with the T20I World Cup scheduled to be held later this year in India, both teams could cross path more than once. Ahead of the marquee event, we’ve curated a list of the combined T20I of current players.
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Women's One-Off Test Vs England Will Be Played On A Used Pitch
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