After a lot of criticism, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country. The second leg of the tournament had just begun when a rise in cases of COVID-19 was witnessed in the camps. As the entertaining league has taken the back seat, the fans are now eagerly waiting for the big clash between India and New Zealand as they lock horns in the World Test Championship final. Here, we take a look at NZ and India probable squad for WTC final 2021.
The final of the World Test Championship will be played in a bio-secure bubble at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. The decision of selecting the venue by ICC came after ECB had a Covid free summer while delivering fans with international cricket in 2020. A lot of different options were considered, however, The Hampshire Bowl seemed to be the best option considering the safety of the players and the staff.
This is going to be the inaugural World Test Championship final and both the teams will be craving to lay their hand on the first-ever WTC Trophy. The team management from both sides will be wary of playing the right combination to have the best chance to attain a victory. The fans could even see a surprise in NZ and India probable squad for WTC Final 2021. Though the fans will get to know the playing XI on June 18 when the summit clash takes place, these players could be included in the NZ and India squad for WTC Final 2021.
NZ and India probable squad for WTC Final 2021
The BCCI is going to disclose the list of players on 7th May and they will be selecting a bigger squad than usual as the team is going to play a Test series against England post the WTC final. To avoid any hassle during the England Test series, the BCCI has made its mind to play safe and announce a huge list of players so they don’t have run out of options. While the Indian squad will be announced by the BCCI on May 7th, New Zealand had already announced a 20-man squad in April for the marquee event.
India’s Probable 25-Member Team for the Final: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (WK), Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Prasidh Krishna, Umesh Yadav, Harshal Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur
New Zealand’s list of the 20-man squad: Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin De Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (WK), Will Young