With the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) suspended owing to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India, all eyes have turned towards the ICC World Test Championship final, where the Virat Kohli-led side will take on New Zealand to battle it out for ultimate glory. Despite the pandemic impacting the inaugural cycle of the Test championship, one has got to believe that two of the best Test sides have made it to the final.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already named a jumbo squad for the long tour of the United Kingdom which includes the five-match Test series against England post the final. Although the squad selected by the selectors is on expected lines, the final XI could well depend on the conditions on offer and the combination captain Kohli decides to go ahead with.
Here is an attempt to list out the strongest possible India XI for the World Test Championship final
1. Rohit Sharma
No question about it, Rohit Sharma will not only be an automated choice as an opener, but he will also be one of the key players for the Indian side in the final. His ability to score runs briskly and bat deeper into the innings could prove to a decisive factor if the team are to emerge as the Test Champions. At Southampton, the stage will be set for a Hitman special and who knows he might well end the drought of an overseas hundred in red-ball cricket at the biggest possible stage to do so.