Southampton: Team India playing XI that will take on New Zealand at Southampton in the World Test Championship Final (WTC Final) has been announced. India decided to leave out pacer Mohammed Siraj from the playing XI and have gone with the experience of Ishant Sharma. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the two spinners in the team for the Southampton Test. The match is set to be played at Ageas Bowl, Southampton from tomorrow.Also Read - Virat Kohli Has Extended Net Session Ahead of RCB vs CSK; Coach Mike Hesson Says 'He's Desperate to do Well'
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the two spinners for India for the WTC Final vs New Zealand at Southampton (Photo: Twitter)
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are picked as the openers of the team. Both of them will hold the key for the Virat Kohli-led as they will look to get off to a good start. Also Read - IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma Ahead of MI vs KKR - 'It Will Not be a Cakewalk'
Cheteshwar Pujara will bat at number three whereas Virat Kohli will take the number four position whereas Ajinkya Rahane will take the number fifth place. Rishabh Pant, who is known for his blistering batting will bat at number six for the Indian team. Also Read - Mumbai Indians (MI) Predicted Playing 11 vs KKR IPL 2021 Match 34: Rohit Sharma Set to Play; Question Marks Over Hardik Pandya's Availability Remain
Ravindra Jadeja will take the number seven place in the batting and Ravichandran Ashwin will be the other spinner of the team. Both of these veteran players will add batting depth to the team and they have all the experience in the world.
Mohammed Siraj was not picked in the final XI as experienced Ishant Sharma gets a place along with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Thus, the Indian team picked a balanced side for the World Test Championship final.
Mohammed Siraj has been left out of the India squad for the WTC final vs New Zealand at Southampton. (Photo: Twitter/Mohammed Siraj)
Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja had shown good form in the intra-squad match and they will hold the key for the Indian team. Virat Kohli will aim to lead from the front and also deliver the goods with the bat.
India’s Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
The WTC final will begin tomorrow at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.