The World Test Championship Final 2023 between India and Australia is slated to begin on June 7 at The Oval in London, and former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh applauded the selection committee for including Ajinkya Rahane in the squad. Rahane, who last played a Test in January 2022 against South Africa, is making his way back to the Indian team after a lengthy absence.
After a spate of poor performances, the test team gave the 34-year-old the boot. Rahane, though, has reclaimed his position because of his outstanding performances in the IPL 2023 and the Ranji Trophy 2022–23. Harbhajan gushed about Rahane, calling him a fantastic player with excellent technique, and expressed his happiness at his selection.
He is a fantastic player and has led India in numerous matches. He uses excellent skill. In his most recent YouTube video, Harbhajan Singh stated, “I feel the decision has been taken keeping in mind his present form and has been recalled because Shreyas Iyer is still not part of the team.
The ex-Indian cricketer added that Rahane has significant potential to make a statement with his performance in the important game. He added that he is the ideal candidate to take Shreyas Iyer’s position, who has been ruled unable to play due to a back issue.
And since Iyer isn’t playing, Rahane has a chance, and this is a significant match. He is a significant player as well, so I hope he puts up a strong showing to earn his selection. I wholeheartedly agree with this choice and think it’s a fantastic choice. Actually, there was no other option than this, Harbhajan said.
At his most aggressive in IPL 2023, Rahane
Rahane has been in fantastic shape during the current IPL 2023, displaying his intent from the very beginning. He has two fifty-sevens to his credit while representing the Chennai Super Kings, scoring 209 runs in five innings at an average of 52.25 and a strike rate of 199.04. He finished as Mumbai’s leading run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy 2022–23 with 634 runs from 11 innings, an average of 57.63, two hundreds, and one fifty.
India will be competing in the WTC final for the second time in a row after falling to New Zealand in the opening match in June 2021. Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah, two key players for the Rohit Sharma-led team, won’t be available for the big game; therefore, it will be extremely difficult for them to defeat the world’s best Test team.