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The test team for India’s match against Australia in the Test Championship final was unveiled on Tuesday by the All-India Senior Selection Committee. At The Oval in London, the Test Championship final will begin on June 7. India would be looking for redemption after they lost the inaugural Test Championship final against New Zealand in 2021.
The 15-person squad’s most prominent addition is Ajinkya Rahane, who rejoins Team India after a 15-month absence. In January 2022, he played his final game in South Africa. Rahane, who is excelling in the IPL 2023, will assist the team in replacing Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer in the lineup.
India’s batting will become stronger thanks to the senior batsman in these seam and swing-friendly conditions. Rishabh Pant continues to be rehabilitating from the car accident he sustained in December of last year, while Shreyas Iyer has been sidelined with a back issue and just underwent surgery. They might be a major miss for the Indian side in a contest like this against a formidable side like Australia
Shardul Thakur, the all-around player, has also been added to the roster and it will be interesting to find out if he ultimately cracks the Playing XI. India would struggle to play the spin combination of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel in pace-friendly conditions. One or two spinners are anticipated to be used by India against Australia at the Oval. Then Shardul Thakur might enter the game to increase India’s batting strength and offer another bowling option.
For the pace conditions, the Indian Board have opted to go for four primary fast bowlers in the form of Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat. Jasprit Bumrah’s absence in this major final would be crucial to India’s chances. He continues to be on the sidelines and has just started rehabilitating from the recurring back injury that has kept him out of the game since September 2022.
Fans react to India announcing their squad for the Test Championship final against Australia: –
India squad for the WTC final:
Rohit (C), Gill, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rahul, Bharat (WK), Ashwin, Jadeja, Axar, Thakur, Shami, Siraj, Umesh, Unadkat.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 25, 2023
Rohit gill pujara virat rahane kl jadeja ashwin shami umesh siraj.
— Abhinav singh (@Abhinav_tmk) April 25, 2023
3 spinner match England me hai ya ahemdabad me bc bcci wale pagal ho gye hain 🤣
— Liam Livingston ♥️ (@Realsheoran) April 25, 2023
Experience matter at the big stage and Rahane will play at 5 for us. No point in playing KL.
— Jayesh (@Jayesh_45) April 25, 2023
Bowling line up is weak… without Bumrah we can't win
— cricketfan (@crckt1010) April 25, 2023
Why no Saha! He is in good form. He can easily replace Bharat. He was always kept in Dhoni's shadow. At least give a good farewell to Saha
— hardik pandya (@hardickpandya7) April 25, 2023
Rahane included in basis of T20 ?????
— Spartan (@_spartan_45) April 25, 2023
Natarajan is such a good bowler. Selecters ignored him for no reason.
— Awara Kumar (@aawaaraahu) April 25, 2023
KL should keep instead of Bharat. I don't think Bharat can survive in that condition.
— Philips (@vasanthsk2) April 25, 2023
Only weak point is wk
— Animeholic | Anitwt Read Yona of the dawn (@ILoveIruma) April 25, 2023
Good! As I predicted Rahane has come in. Hope he continues his form into the WTC.
— saisundar (@saisund33013985) April 25, 2023
Given the current conditions, Rahane is the perfect choice.
Vihari, Iyer, Pant are injured. Mayank is not form. Indian Team hasn't played any other youngster till now. Many bad decisions have lead to this moment.
— Yuvraj (@Yuvi_A7) April 25, 2023