World Test Championship: The final of the World Test Championship between India and New Zealand will be played in Southampton from June 18. The Kiwi team is playing a 2-match Test series against England before this match.
- Pacer Ishant Sharma has played 12 Tests in England
- Siraj bowled well during Australia tour
- 33-year-old Ishant has recently made a comeback from injury
Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli has started practice in Southampton. There is now a week left for the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand. Team India players have been allowed to practice in small groups.
The speculation market is hot about India’s playing XI in the WTC final. According to media reports, the Indian team management is considering to include pacer Mohammad Siraj, who performed well on the Australia tour, in the playing XI.
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The final Test between India and New Zealand (WTC FINAL IND v NZ) will be played in Southampton from June 18. This is the first time since the August 2019 Windies tour that Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are available for selection for the Indian team’s playing XI.
These three bowlers have played a vital role in India’s victories in overseas for the last three years. According to our affiliate newspaper Times of India, the team management is trying to fit Mohammad Siraj in the playing XI. In such a situation, experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma can be rested.
The Indian team is looking for a bowler who can bowl long spells. Ishant has been doing this work for the last one decade. Ishant has played 101 test matches so far. He has played 12 Tests in England. He has recently recovered from injury. The 33-year-old made a comeback in the home Test series against England in February-March after an injury. The Indian think-tank is in search of a bowler who can consistently ask questions to the opposition team by throwing bouncers.
The conditions of New Zealand will be liked by the fast bowlers. If the Indian team gives Siraj a chance, then Ishant is sure to sit out. Pacer Mohammed Shami’s bowling has been excellent for the last few years. Bumrah can dodge the Kiwi batsmen with his precise yorker.