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3 possible opening combinations for India against NZ in the WTC final

May 10, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

India gear up to take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship Final on 18th June. The Indian national team has yet to finalize the opening combination against NZ in the WTC final. Rohit Sharma looks the most likely to open for India in the WTC final. However, his opening partner is yet to be decided upon. Either Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, or Shubman Gill will open alongside Rohit Sharma. That said, let's discuss the 3 possible opening combinations for India against NZ in the World Test Championship final:

3. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill

The duo of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill is one of the most likely to open for India in the WTC final. Gill’s ability and maturity as an opener in the Test format will surely add value to the Indian side. In 7 Test matches, Gill has amassed 378 runs in total. Furthermore, the 20-year-old also boasts a decent batting average of 34.4 in his Test career. The opening duo of Sharma and Gill could make the difference for India against NZ in the World Test Championship final.

2. Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal

Another possible opening combination for India in the WTC final could be the duo of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal. Mayank Agarwal performed brilliantly in the IPL this year. In 7 matches in IPL 2021, Agarwal amassed 266 runs in total. Clearly, the PBKS opener will be high on confidence coming into the WTC final. Furthermore, Agarwal has 1052 runs in 23 Test Matches in his Test career. The duo of Sharma and Agarwal could work wonders for India in the World Test Championship final against NZ.

1. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul

KL Rahul finished his IPL 2021 campaign as PBKS’s highest run-scorer. In 7 matches in the IPL this year, Rahul racked up 331 runs in total. Overall, KL Rahul has a better record in comparison to Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill. The 29-year-old has amassed 5 centuries and 10 half-centuries in his Test career. Clearly, KL Rahul deserves a chance to open for India against NZ in the WTC final.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth