India will play Australia in the ICC World Testing Championship final at The Oval from 7 June. Despite being India’s second consecutive tournament final and coming after a lot of good performances throughout the year, including against England in the UK, the title battle has also brought with it a number of concerns. India has some things that they will certainly be worried about and are looking forward to fixing during a high stakes match.
Bad reputation for mid-level batters at The Oval
Indian mid-level batters Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have an unsettling track record in this place. Virat’s track record is not very encouraging, although he is modest at best. In his three games at the stadium, he scored 169 points with a 28.16 average, a total of 50 in just half a century. His six innings include two single-figure scores, including a duck.
Pujara, India’s third largest, also has a shaky track record. In three tests, he scored 117 runs with an average of 19.50, of which only one was fifty. His six innings consist of three single-digit points, including a duck.
Rahane is the worst of all three on this basis. Over six innings in three Tests, Rahane scored just 55 runs with a 9.17 average and a best of 37.
The overall trio records in England are also not very high.
Virat’s overall record in England is 16 matches, 1033 runs at an average of 33.32. He hit two centuries and five fifties, with a best of 149. After the 2014 tour of horror, Virat bounced back in style during the 2018 tour to England, topping the charts with 593 runs in five matches, 10 innings at an average of 59.30. with two centuries and three fifties.
Puhara made 15 Tests in England and scored 829 runs with an average of 29.60 with one century and five fifties in 30 innings, with a best of 132*.
In Tests in England, Rahane amassed 729 runs in 15 games, 29 innings at a 26.03 average, over a century and five fifties.
Steve Smith’s outstanding record at The Oval
The all-star Australian batter has an incredible record at The Oval and needs to be watched. Smith scored 391 on three tests, with an average of 97.75. He scored two centuries and fifty in his five innings here.
Smith’s record in England is no less frightening. In 16 games, Smith hit 1,727 runs with a 59.55 average, six centuries and seven fifties in 30 innings with a best of 215. Indian bowlers will have to do something truly magical to sack him and getting him early won’t be easy. . key to victory.
Choose KS Bharat or Ishan Kishan?
Both Indian wicket batsmen are on the team due to the absence of star player Rishabh Pant. Pant has already played many impressive innings in his Test career and the Indian team will certainly miss that influence. In England, Pant scored 556 runs in nine Tests with an average of 32.70, with two centuries and two fifties in 17 innings with a best of 146.
Although K.S. Bharata has some English experience, scoring 70* points in a practice match during the 2022 India tour to England against Leicestershire, but he is still inexperienced. In the 4 Tests played so far, he has scored only 101 points with an average of 20.20, and his best result is 44. On the other hand, Kishan, who is capable of hitting big like Pant, has a hard time adjusting to English conditions in Tests. , a format he has not yet played. He just played one T20I in England in which he made eight points.
Both goalkeepers are inexperienced and the Indian team can’t help it, especially K.L. Rahul, one of India’s alternative goalkeepers who was out due to injury. In nine Tests in England, Rahul scored 614 runs with a 34.11 average, two centuries and fifty in 18 innings.
Kishan scored 2,985 runs in 48 first-class matches, averaging 38.76, six centuries and 16 fifties. On the other hand, in 90 matches, Bharat FC has made 4808 runs with an average of 37.27 with nine centuries and 27 fifties.
Australia finished top of the WTC table with 11 wins, three losses and five draws from 19 matches, while India finished second with 10 wins, five losses and three draws.
India line-up for the WTC Finals:Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, K.S. Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Aksar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mod. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Ishan Kishan (week).
Suryakumar Yadav, Mukesh Kumar and Yashasvi Jaiswal were named as reserve players for the high stakes match.
Australian composition:Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (hc), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (hc), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labouchagne, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Michael Neser, Steve Smith (vc) , Mitchell Stark, David Warner
Reserve players:Mitch Marsh and Matthew Renshaw.
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