Since the suspension of IPL due to a breach in bio-bubble, the focus of Indian fans is turning towards the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Last week only, BCCI announced the squad for the mega encounter as well as the following England Test series. Some new names like Arzan Nagwaswalla and Abhimanyu Easwaran have been introduced in the standby players' list, however, their chances of playing any game for India this summer seem bleak.
India and New Zealand have had quality players over the years, but the two teams have faced a different fate, especially in the past two decades. While New Zealand have struggled to grab any of the major ICC trophies since 2000, India have won all of them in that span of time. However, this summer, the Kiwis have an excellent chance to break the jinx by bagging the final at WTC. However, their opponents India are no less than them and hence a thrilling game is on the cards.
Before the anticipated encounter actually takes place and the players from both the sides showcase their class and experience, here we have tried to make a combined XI from the squad of both the sides. The list starts with —
1. Rohit Sharma
Rohit has been in sensational form since his renaissance in Test cricket after he was promoted to open the batting, just like he has been doing in the limited-overs format. Under the WTC bracket, he has played 11 matches and scored 1030 runs at an average of 64.37. Keeping in mind his aggressive batting style, any captain would pick him without a doubt.