Team India will play against New Zealand in the much-awaited final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship at Rose Bowl, Southampton. The final showdown has been scheduled to be played from June 18 to June 22 and is expected to be a thrilling encounter. However, it is going to be a huge challenge for the Indian side against the Kiwis, who whitewashed Virat Kohli's side in New Zealand last year in very similar conditions that will be on offer in Southampton.
But a lot has changed for the Indian Test side since that heavy defeat. The historic series win against Australia down under was followed by an emphatic home series victory against England. The No. 1 ranked team will now be raring to go against No. 2 ranked Kiwis in what is going to be the battle of the best to become the ultimate champion.
As per reports, BCCI has asked the selection committee to pick a 22-24 member squad for the WTC Final. But, the big question is - What is the ideal playing XI for India that can challenge New Zealand?
India's Probable Playing XI for WTC Final
1. Rohit Sharma
The stylish right-handed batsman has finally established himself as a Test opener after an impressive last two years in the whites. In the 2019-21 WTC cycle, Rohit Sharma scored 1030 runs in 17 innings at a dazzling average of 64.37. The 34-year-old is going to be key for India at top of the order because if he shines, he can single-handedly take his side to a match-winning total.
2. Shubman Gill
The 21-year-old youngster had an impressive debut series against Australia after Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw were dropped from the team. Shubman Gill grabbed his opportunity with both hands and went on to smash 259 runs in 6 innings against a lethal Aussie bowling attack. Although he was not at his absolute best against England, Gill is expected to partner Hitman at top of the order for the grand finale.