India and New Zealand will be locking horns in the inaugural WTC finals starting June 18. The Rose Bowl in Southampton is the designated venue for the finals. Both the teams are on the cusp of writing history. The magnitude of being crowned inaugural WTC champions awaits both sides. Players to look out for ICC world test championship final.
StumpsandBails believes these 5 players will be the ones to watch out for:
Here we take a look at 5 players who will be benched in the ICC World Test Championship Final:
#5 Devon Conway
Devon Conway is coming off a fantastic series against England. He is already one of the leading T20I batsmen in the world. Conway made his Test debut against England and scored 303 runs in his first 3 innings. Left-handers typically tend to do well against India. Conway is an unknown entity for the Indians and this might work in his favour. A strong start from him will go down a long way in establishing New Zealand’s dominance in the finals.
#4 Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is a big match player. He often delivers under pressure and exceeds expectations. Bumrah will be key to India’s fortunes in the finals. He is the only Asian fast bowler to have picked up a 5-wicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia, and West Indies. Bumrah has 83 Test wickets in 19 games at an average of 22.1. The last time India won a game in England in 2018, Bumrah played a starring role picking up a 5-wicket haul in the 2nd innings. If Bumrah manages to have a good outing, India will be in a great position to win the match.
#3 Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has been simply sensational for India in the WTC. He was the standout Indian batsman in the series against England. Sharma has scored the most runs as an opener in the WTC. He has also hit the most number of sixes in the championship. Sharma’s start will be crucial to India’s fortunes in the finals. If Sharma survives the new ball, he has the ability to change the course of the game in a single session.
#2 Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson has had a pretty chequered Test match career up until this point. He has picked up 39 wickets in 7 matches and scored 235 runs. Jamieson had a fantastic series against India when they toured New Zealand in 2020. His height and ability to hit the deck make him a unique proposition. Jamieson might post challenging questions to Indian batsmen in the finals.
#1 Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant is world cricket’s latest sensation. His match-winning exploits in the whites have earned him great laurels. He was the single most important reason why India won the series against Australia 2-1. Pant who was termed a white ball wonder is the only Indian wicketkeeper to have scored Test centuries in India and England. He can change the course of the game even if the stacks are against him. Pant might well end up becoming the player of the match in the finals.