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

6. Rishabh Pant

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been the X-factor for India lately. The southpaw can turn the match on its head in a span of 30-40 minutes by taking the attack back to the opposition and forcing them off their plans. After a great run Down Under, he would look to not only make an impact with the bat but also put up an improved performance behind the stumps. It's been an amazing few months for the Delhi lad and he would love to put the icing on the cake with a commanding performance in the summit clash.

7. Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja is fit and he will come into the XI after his splendid performances, not only against Australia in Australia but even in the IPL which showed his utility with the bat, ball and on the field. Given his improvement in batting, he can now not only play good little cameos but can even be trusted to finish off the match or play a substantial knock with the team under pressure. In addition, batters will know never ever take a chance against the arm of Jadeja in addition to playing him with caution when he is in the attack.