5 surprising selection choices in India’s World Test Championship final squad
The selection committee has come up with some surprises. Here is a look at five of those.
Updated - May 7, 2021 8:16 pm
The long-awaited India’s World Test Championship final squad is here. Team India, after defeating the mighty Aussies and crushing the English squad, has reached the final of the inaugural WTC. Captain Kohli will be looking forward to lifting the first WTC trophy and the selectors have ensured that the squad has a proper mixture of experience and youth. The selectors have decided to give another chance to the underperformers.
As usual, Virat Kohli will be leading the side with Ajinkya Rahane being his deputy. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Mayank Agarwal are the three openers who will be included in the squad. Adding on, Hanuma Vihari, who has been spending time at the County Championship, has retained his place in the squad. Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin are the all-rounders.
The bowling department will be headed by Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami. Adding on, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur , and Umesh Yadav are also included in the squad. Multiple standby players might get a chance if there is any injury to a team member. Well, this time, the selection committee has come up with some surprises. Let us have a look at those:
5. Prasidh Krishna’s selection
Prasidh Krishna’s pace enabled him to get into the national squad. He made his debut during the home series against England. Although he managed to pick up some wickets, his economy rate was on the higher side. In three games, Krishna bowled at an economy of 6.91.
During the first half of the IPL, Krishna underperformed. With 8 wickets in 7 games, he had an economy of 9.16. The fact that he has been conceding runs at a poor economy rate shows that his consistency is not up to the mark. Poor line and length will enable any batsman in the world to put away bad deliveries.
As India gets ready to face the Kiwis, the selection of Krishna will spark some questions. Is he the perfect bowler for the conditions? Should he play in the final? Well, there is a big uncertainty about how things work at the Test match level. No one had predicted that Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj would be the leaders of our pace attack in Australia.