Since reaching England, the Indian team is constantly quarantined in the hotel and is doing its practice there, but now for the first time the team will play a practice match.
This is the only chance for the Indian team to play a practice match before the WTC final.
The Indian team has intensified its preparations for the ICC World Test Championship Final. All the players of the Indian team present in the Quarantine in Southampton started practice together a day earlier. Now the Indian team will play practice matches among themselves to finalize their preparations before this important final. According to the New Indian Express, the Indian camp, which reached England with a huge team of 24 players, will play a four-day practice match from Friday, June 11, dividing the two teams among themselves. Through this match, not only will the players get a full chance to prepare, but it will also help in understanding the conditions as well as finalizing the team composition for the final.
The Indian team, captained by Virat Kohli, has been quarantined from June 3 in a hotel built in the stadium itself in Southampton, England. After three days of isolation, the players started light practice and now all the players have started practicing together. In a video posted by BCCI, all the players were seen sweating profusely in the nets.
Kohli vs Rahane or will something else happen?
However, it is not clear yet, on what basis the entire team will be divided into two halves? Will the probable playing XI of the finals be drawn as a team and pitted against a team made up of the rest of the players? Or, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, separate teams will be formed, in which some key players in both the teams will be tried against each other.
Will get help for team combination
Before the final, this will be the only opportunity for the Indian team to choose the right players and their abilities, because this 4-day match will end on June 14 and then the next 3 days will focus on choosing the last 15 players and their practice. So this match is very important. Also, this can give an idea to the team, whether the final will be played with 4 fast bowlers or just 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinners?
A recent report has claimed that the team management is somehow trying to make a place for Mohammad Siraj in the playing XI for this match. In such a situation, either a spinner will have to be reduced or a fast bowler will have to be seated. So far Team India is set to go with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.
Indian team for England tour
Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (if fit), Wriddhiman Saha (if fit).
Standby: Abhimanyu Ishwaran, Famous Krishna, Awesh Khan, Arjan Nagwaswala.
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