| On Jul 28, 2021 10:42 AM IST

World Test Championship: Aakash Chopra, Wasim Jaffer pick India’s Playing XI


The first ever WTC Final is just a day away and it will be an exciting contest between the two strong teams, India and New Zealand. The Indian team is coming into this match after winning away and home series against Australia and England respectively. On the other hand, the New Zealand team have won 4 test series, 3 in home soil, and most recently against England in an away tour. The New Zealand team might be at an advantageous position due to their match practice, but Indian team would be relying on their skills and temperament to win the World Test Championship.

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Aakash Chopra’s India XI for WTC Final

The cricketer turned commentator has been active in prediction of squads and match results on his YouTube Channel. He will also be seen in the Hindi commentary panel for the WTC Final. He has picked the India’s Playing XI for the match against New Zealand on his YouTube Channel.

“Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bumrah, Shami and Ishant. This according to me is the best possible XI.”

“The Indian team will look at the pitch closely before making a final call on the XI to be played. In my opinion, India’s strongest team will be if we are able to play both the spinners,” Chopra added.

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WTC Final: Wasim Jaffer Pick India XI

The Punjab Kings head coach is quite popular in the social media platform, Twitter for his memes. This time around, he has predicted his India’s XI for the WTC Final. He chose to name the franchises of the players in his tweet.

But he provided a link to his Youtube Channel in the tweet to discuss about the WTC Final. In the batting line-up, he chose Rohit, Gill, Pujara, Kohli and Rahane as his top-5. During the video, these were the points mentioned by Wasim Jaffer,

“I feel the fast bowlers, especially Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, pick themselves. They are outstanding bowlers and then you have a choice between Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj, who had a really good Test series against Australia.

“I would definitely think about playing two spinners because both of them can bat so Jadeja will come at 7 and Ashwin at 8 and both have got Test hundreds. So you have that liberty of playing an off-spinner and a left-arm spinner. The ball will spin on the fourth and fifth day and these guys will come in handy,” Wasim added.

“Knowing Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli, they always go with an aggressive mindset, with the thinking of winning the Test, I am sure they will go with five bowlers,” Jaffer concluded.

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