India’s strongest playing XI for World Test Championship final against New Zealand

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.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 10 May 2021 8:05 pm

2. Shubman Gill

Although it's been a prolonged run of poor form from the England series at home to the IPL, Gill is expected to get the nod ahead of Mayank Agarwal at least for the World Test Championship final. There are fewer aesthetically pleasing opening pairs than Rohit and Shubman in full form but the latter will have to step up and be more consistent with his run-making. He has shown what he is capable of during India's tour Down Under and it is just a matter of translating that into impactful performances.

3. Cheteshwar Pujara

India's ever-reliable number 3 Cheteshwar Pujara will be another guaranteed selection for the final. If the team is in a spot of bother and need someone to put his hand up or if a stroke maker in Rohit, Shubman or Kohli needs a partner to stitch a big partnership, more often than not the search ends on Pujara. The right-handed batter will continue to provide solidity to the team and would look to score big in what the Test specialists of the team have deemed as their equivalent of a World Cup.

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