Strongest India's Playing XI Against New Zealand in World Test Championship Final

Predicting India’s playing XI in the World Test Championship (WTC) final

The biggest positive for the Indian side in the last 3 and half months has been Rishabh Pant’s form with the willow.

Ishant Sharma (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

ANNIHILATION. MASSACRE. SLAUGHTER. These are words that would aptly describe the thrashing that the Indian side dished out to England in the 4th Test. In what was a totally one-sided contest, Virat Kohli and his men pummeled Joe Root and Co. by an innings and 25 runs in the 4th Test to win the Test series 3-1.

And with this victory, the Indian side has also booked its ticket to England to take on New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). Virat Kohli will be extremely proud of the way his boys have bounced back after they were thrashed by 227 runs in the first Test at Chennai.

Now, Kane Williamson’s Black Caps stand between India and the World Test Championship (WTC) title, and the Indian side would need to get their best side on the park if they have to beat the Kiwis. On that note, let us take a look at –

India’s playing XI in the World Test Championship (WTC) final

1. Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Rohit Sharma gave excellent starts for India at the top of the order and emerged as the leading run scorer for the hosts in the Test series against England. The ‘Hitman’ scored 345 runs in the four match Test series and scored his runs at an average of 57.50.

In fact, it was Sharma’s scintillating 161 in the first innings of the second Test at Chennai that allowed the Indian side to bounce back and crush England by 317 runs in the second rubber. Rohit also contributed a handsome 66 in the first innings of the Pink ball Test, and finished the series by scoring a sedate 49 in the final Test.

Needless to say, Rohit’s fortunes with the bat will play a crucial role when India and New Zealand lock horns in England in the summit clash of the World Test Championship (WTC).