True! The field is ready for the prestigious World Test Championship. The title will open in three days. India and New Zealand will meet in mega final at Southampton from June 18 to 22. With two strong teams facing off, there is a lot of interest in this title fight. The Indian team will enter the fray with a strategy of three pacers and two spinners. The decision was reportedly arrived at keeping in mind the England weather, pitch and the rival team’s line-up.
Under Virat Kohli’s captainship, Shubhaman Gill will start the Indian innings with senior opener Rohit Sharma. Naya Wal Chateshwar Poojara will play at third place. Virat Kohli in fourth place. Ajinkya Rahane will play in the fifth place. Rishabh Pant will be the wicketkeeper. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have been named in the final squad in the all-rounders quota. Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah will be carrying the pace bowling responsibilities of India in this final match.
It is good to go into the match with three pacers and two spinners in view of India's last Test at Southampton. England went into the match with two spinners in the 2018 tour. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were played in the final XI. Ali took 9 wickets in the match, while Ashwin was limited to three. The last two days are suitable for spinners so it is better to have two spinners. So the batting strength also increases greatly by taking Jadeja and Ashwin. Ageas’ Bowl curator Simon Lee revealed that the pitch for the WTC final was also in favour of pace-spin. First three days are pace, bounce, and carry and the last two days will be favorable for spinners.