India’s playing XI for ICC WTC Final: Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane dropped a subtle hint on Tuesday about India’s playing eleven for the World Test Championship against New Zealand. While he said that the Indian management is yet to decide the team combination, an extra batsman will be key given the England weather predicted from June 18 to 23.
“In England, batsmen play an important role given the conditions. They will be the deciding factor as bowlers will find it difficult to bowl if the ground becomes wet,” Rahane said during the pre-match virtual conference.
India’s playing XI for ICC WTC Final: The weather forecast for Southampton shows a 70-80% chance of rain. As per AccuWeather, Southampton will experience a thunderstorm on June 17 and 18 with 80% chances of rain. There has also been a yellow warning issued for both days. Day 2 is expected to be cloudy with a little rain spell. An intermittent shower is predicted for all five days.
Rahane said that the think tank is still mulling at the right combination and will make the final decision soon. “The weather in England is unpredictable. And therefore we have not yet picked out eleven. We will take two more practice sessions and see what kind of pitch is prepared before taking a call,” he said.
India’s playing XI for ICC WTC Final: Slow bowlers will be important
Pitch curator Simon Lee is planning to give fans an exciting five-day match full of drama. He is preparing a wicket full of pace, carry and bounce. But swing has always been important in England. Rahane said slow bowlers will play a crucial role as the ball gets worn out and hence adapting to them will be important.
“Slow bowlers will be key. Adapting to them will be important in England as there will be a lot swing,” he said.
India’s playing XI for ICC WTC Final: He added that they are not too worried about the result. Instead, the team is focussing on setting small targets and achieving them.
“We just want to take it like any other game. New Zealand is a good side so don’t want to take them lightly. We will continue to enjoy the game and take it one session at a time”.