Team India has started practising ahead of the WTC final against Newzealand from 18th June. On the other hand, Newzealand is getting good practice as it is playing its second test match against England. The Kiwi players have been in a good touch despite the first test match being drawn.
It is going to be a tough task for the management to choose the final eleven, especially in the fast bowling segment. As per TOI, this is the first time since India’s tour of the West Indies in August 2019 that three fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Ishant Sharma have been available to the team.
With their availability and experience has been considered by the team management, it is difficult for Mohammad Siraj to get a chance to play in the final XI of maiden WTC 2021. When considered, Siraj’s performance in the last few series, especially the Australia tour followed by his capability of bowling longer spells with speed and consistency could be an X-factor for him to be part of the final XI. If Virat opts for him, Ishant Sharma wouldn’t be in the final eleven.
Ishant has been doing a great performance over a decade especially overseas. Both Ashwin and Jadeja were irreplaceable in their spots, so the team management won’t make any changes. If the team wants to play with the fourth seamer after accessing the conditions at Southampton, there may be a chance.
Let’s wait and see how the team management will go on in deciding the final XI.
The maiden WTC final between India and Newzealand will be held from 18th-22nd June, Southampton.