The World Test Championship final will begin June 7 at The Oval. Where India’s opponent is Australia. The Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 15-member squad for the match today. The big surprise in the announced team is Ajinkya Rahane.
Rahane, who has been out of the team for 15 months due to lack of rhythm, has been called by the Indian selectors for the Test Championship final. Apart from this, Lokesh Rahul, who did not get a place in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy last against Australia, has returned to the team.
Rahane last played a Test for India in January last year. Rahane scored 9 and 1 in the last two innings of the 3-Test series in South Africa. In the four innings of the first two Tests, his runs were 48, 20, 0 and 58. However, he is in good form in this year’s IPL. So far he has played 5 innings for Chennai Super Kings and scored 209 runs at an average of 52.25. There are also two fifties, the highest being 71 not out.
Rahul, who was dropped in the last series against Australia, is also batting brilliantly in this year’s IPL. He scored 262 runs at 37.42 in 2 fifties in 7 matches.
Many people may ask, seeing the performance of the IPL, why were these two given a chance in the Test team? However, the selectors of India did not give any explanation for this.
India Team in World Test Championship Final: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Srikar Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat.