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Team India heading into the highly anticipated final of the World Testing Championship against Australia at The Oval. The main game will run from June 7 to 11 and both teams will do their best to claim the WTC title, which India eventually lost to New Zealand in 2021. With only four days left until the match, there is a lot of controversy over the line-up, especially the position of the wicket. With Rishab Pant out of action since last December and K. L. Rahul was also ruled out, the team consists of Ishaan Kishan and K. S. Bharat as wicket options.
Former Indian goalkeeper Nayan Mongia expressed faith in Bharat and stated that the team led by Rohit Sharma should leave him in the WTC final as he is a “specialized goalkeeper”.
“I would play with Bharat as a specialized goalkeeper in England because he has done well. One bad match doesn’t make him a bad goalkeeper. got into the Indian national team, he did a good job to keep his place, ”Mongia said in an interview with Star Sports.
Mongia went on to state that keeping a wicket in England is a tough job and explained the problems one might encounter during a match.
“Conditions in England… this is one of the most difficult places to keep a wicket. The ball sways a lot, sags a lot, especially in the first half. You need to get up with the ball, you need to watch all 90 overs. “I’m going to play test cricket with the Dukes ball. It’s a bit more complicated compared to Kookaburra. The seam is vertical, so the ball wobbles a lot,” Mongia said.
“I know how hard it is because we played in the World Cup and it really hits your palm and it really hits your gloves. This is an added benefit for bowlers as the ball stays firm for a longer time,” he added.
The WTC Final will take place at the Oval in London from June 7th to 11th.
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