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3 unorthodox tactics India could use against NZ in the WTC final

By Bet Barter

May 31, 2021

India will look confident to win the final of the ICC World Test Championship which will take place on 18th June. Virat Kohli’s men endured a superb outing against Australia in the Test format down under. The Indian Test team has used some tactics in the past that have worked in their favor. That said, here are 3 unorthodox tactics that India could use against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final:

1. India could start either Mohammed Siraj or Shardul Thakur

India are expected to start with the bowling trio of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma. However, there is a possibility that India might start with either Mohammed Siraj or Shardul Thakur. Siraj endured a fantastic outing against Australia down under, scalping his 1st 5 wicket haul in the Test format. On the other hand, Thakur can come handy with the ball towards the end of the innings. There is a slim chance that either Mohammed Siraj or Shardul Thakur could start for India against New Zealand in the WTC final.

2. India could push Rishabh Pant to bat at the no 5 spot

Pant played a crucial role in India’s sensational triumph against Australia in the Test format down under. The 23 year old has been a consistent performer for India at the no 6 spot. However, there is a chance that Pant might play further up in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. If Pant bats at no 5, he has the opportunity to bat more aggressively. Moreover, Ajinkya Rahane has performed inefficiently batting at the no 5 spot. Hence, there is a slight possibility that Pant might bat at no 5 for India against New Zealand in the WTC final. 

3. India could use R Ashwin with the new ball

R Ashwin could come handy with the new ball in the WTC final against New Zealand. The veteran spin bowler bowled brilliantly with the new ball in his last tour of England. With Tom Latham expected to open for New Zealand in the World Test Championship final against India, Ashwin could make a difference with the new ball.

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