India’s 15-person squad for the ICC World Test Championship final match against Australia was unveiled by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday, April 25. The summit match between the top two Test teams in the world will take place at the Oval from June 7 to June 11, with June 12 being reserved as a backup day. Ajinkya Rahane, a former vice captain of India’s Test team, was named to the squad for the one-off match as a result of his outstanding performances in domestic cricket and the current IPL 2023, where he plays for the CSK team.
India left out Kuldeep Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer from the team that played Australia last month in addition to Surya
However, Suryakumar Yadav, who made his Test debut on February 9 in Nagpur against the Baggy Greens for the first Test of the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, was not given a spot.India left out Kuldeep Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer from the team that played Australia last month in addition to Surya. Shreyas Iyer was also not considered because of an injury. In addition to Rahane, a bowling all-rounder named Shardul Thakur was called up to the Test team in place of these four.
The only specialist wicketkeeper-batsman for the 15-player summit match roster was KS Bharat, however he was not included in Harbhajan’s team
The fact that KS Bharat is the only specialist wicketkeeper-batsman among the 15 players chosen by the team management despite his lacklustre performance against Australia at home, However, legendary Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh believed that Bharat should not be given to play in Indian team and instead chose a 31-year-old superstar to don the gloves in the championship match of the WTC 2023 against the No. 1 team in the world, Australia.
KL Rahul, who was benched for the final two Tests against Australia last month, should bat at No. 7 and serve as India’s wicketkeeper-batsman in the WTC Final, claims Harbhajan. According to the Turbanator, KL would be a stronger option than Bharat because he had scored a century at the Oval.
Harbhajan Singh indicated on his YouTube channel when selecting his India XI for the WTC final
“KS Bharat will lose to KL Rahul because of his extensive experience on this field. He’ll enjoy himself while playing here. Send him a reminder to start keeping. He will make his batting stronger by adding KL Rahul. Bharat can remain there, but Rahul gives the batting lineup more strength. Jadeja and KL Rahul can switch spots if Rahul plays.Harbhajan Singh indicated on his YouTube channel when selecting his India XI for the WTC final.
Harbhajan’s lineup features the No. 3 and No. 4 batsmen in Test cricket for India, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, at the top with skipper Rohit Sharma and the youthful Shubman Gill. Harbhajan chose Rahane, a return player, at No. 5, and Jadeja, the top-ranked Test all-rounder according to the ICC, at No. 6. Shardul, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Umesh Yadav come after Rahul at position seven.
Despite being in excellent form for a considerable amount of time in Test matches with both the bat and the ball, Harbhajan left both Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel out of his favourite eleven.