India has qualified for their second consecutive World Test Championship final, having been extremely consistent in the longest format of the game for a considerable time. The team led by Rohit Sharma will face Australia in the final with the prospect of winning their first ICC trophy in nearly a decade.
Notably, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli are currently in superb form, and Ajinkya Rahane will make his long-awaited return to the Indian team. In recent years, the captain has performed well in Test cricket and has a remarkable record in England. The other opening batsman, Shubman Gill, had a phenomenal IPL and would like to continue in the same vein.
In the meantime, the problem resides with the sixth batter. In Rishabh Pant’s absence, KS Bharat was given the opportunity to distinguish himself, but the 29-year-old has failed to make a significant impact in the four Test matches he has played to date. Former players Ricky Ponting and Mohammad Kaif have supported wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan for the championship match, so he remains an intriguing option.
Australia’s bowling unit has not played enough matches recently and will therefore be fresh for the upcoming WTC final, which is scheduled to commence on June 7. Marnus Labuschagne, who recently played five matches for Glamorgan in Division Two of the County Championship and scored 502 runs, is currently in excellent form. David Warner has also shown signs of improvement in the field.
Here is the forecast for the WTC final.
The first two days in London will be sunny, making it optimal to bat first if you win the toss. There is a likelihood of rain on the evening of Day 3, which could affect the playing conditions on Day 4. There is also a probability of precipitation on the backup day. Meanwhile, since the first two days will be sunny, the ball may begin to turn on day three.