India and New Zealand are set to face each other in the final of the ICC World Test Championship 2021 next month. The Test match will begin on June 18 at The Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton, England. A total of 9 teams were part of the ICC World Test Championship tournament which started back in 2019.
After numerous bilateral Test series among 9 teams, India and New Zealand emerged as the top two teams and fixed their berth in the final.
Indian team is all set to depart to England for the ICC World Test Championship final. BCCI has announced the 20-men squad for the much-awaited ICC event along with 4 standby players. Many players in the squad are those who impressed during the victories against Australia and England Test series.
The ICC World Test Championship final will turn the fate of many Indian cricketers in Test cricket. Here we look at 5 Indian players who can find a regular seat in the Test team after the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
5 Indian Players Who Can Find A Regular Seat In The Test Team After The ICC WTC 2021 Final:
After his debut during the Test series against Australia last year, Shubman Gill has emerged as a promising Test batsman for India. Gill gave great support to Rohit Sharma as an opener during Australia and England series. During the three Tests he played against Australia, Gill smashed two crucial knocks of 50 and 91.
The right-handed batsman was later selected for the England Test series, where he managed to hit 1 fifty. In 7 Test matches so far, Shubman Gill has scored 378 runs. He is earning accolades as an opener in Tests. After the ICC World Test Championship final, selectors might look at Shubman Gill as a good opener for India in Tests. Therefore, he might become a regular member of the Test team.
Mayank Agarwal made his Test debut in December 2018 and has shown incredible performance in Tests so far. In just 14 games, he has managed to hit two double centuries- a 215 run-knock against South Africa and 243 runs against Bangladesh. He was part of the Australia Test series which India won 2-1. In 14 Test matches so far, Mayank Agarwal has scored 1052 runs at an average of 45+ and hit three centuries. Mayank Agarwal is emerging as a promising Test player for India. He is another player who might find a regular seat in the Test team after the ICC WTC final.
Rishabh Pant was not the primary choice for selectors in Test cricket as they picked Wriddhiman Saha most of the time. However, after the last two-Test series against Australia and England, Pant has showcased that he is the perfect choice for a wicket-keeper batsman in Tests. Pant replaced Wriddhiman Saha during the Australia series after the latter suffered an injury.
Pant was spectacular against Australia with his fearless batting approach. The left-handed batsman smashed two spectacular knocks of 97 and 89* against Australia which were very crucial for India to win the Test series 2-1. Later against England, Pant smashed 91, 58*, and 101 which impressed fans. Therefore, Pant might fix his place as the primary wicketkeeper for India in Tests after the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
Mohammed Siraj is another player who came to the limelight during the Test series against Australia. Siraj made his Test debut in the series and picked 5, 2, and 6 wickets in the three games respectively. After his 5-wicket haul in his first Test match, Siraj impressed fans with his bowling. Siraj also managed to dominate batsmen with his bouncers and yorkers.
He was also part of the England Test series this year and played two matches. During the England vs India Test series, which was largely dominated by spinners, Siraj took 3 wickets in two games he played. Now Siraj is part of the Indian squad that will face New Zealand in ICC WTC final. He is another player who might bag a regular seat in the Test team of India.
KL Rahul got injured during the Australia series last year due to which he was not part of India’s incredible victories in the Australia and England Test series. However, KL Rahul has performed brilliantly in the Test format so far. KL Rahul has played 36 Test matches and scored 2006 runs along with 5 centuries.
KL Rahul is part of the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand and he will play Test cricket after a long time. KL Rahul is in good batting form which was visible during IPL 2021. If he continues his good form in the WTC final, he might become a regular part of India’s Test team.
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