The World Test Championship (WTC) final is right around the corner as India and Australia are looking to win their maiden title in the biggest format of the game. Both the teams have announced solid squads filled with experience and youth and all the players will be willing to give their all in this one-off Test for their country.
The Indians are yet to choose between Ishan Kishan as well as KS Bharat as their wicket-keeper, according to their second practice session at The Oval before the WTC final. The Indians are taking the threat posed by Mitchell Starc extremely seriously. Australia worked out in chilly, cloudy conditions in the morning, but the Indians arrived in the afternoon to bring sunlight to The Oval. Despite the fact that it was voluntary, most of the participants showed up with the exception of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and backup Suryakumar Yadav.
The Indians primarily played left-arm pace, despite the fact that seam bowlers Scott Boland in addition to Pat Cummins can cause a lot of damage. Left-arm bowlers Jaydev Undakat, Aniket Choudhary, a net bowler as well as a local pacer offered the batters a lot of practice. The first players to get a hit were Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shubman Gill, and Mohammed Shami. Shami took his batting extremely seriously by playing for in excess of 30 minutes.
Before moving to the neighbouring net to take on Shami and Unadkat, Virat Kohli hit several balls against spinners. He then practised vital catching skills with Rahane and Gill in the slips. The Indian batsmen used one of the several net bowlers touring with the team, Pulkit Narang, for the more difficult matches against Nathan Lyon, and he bowled a lengthy stint.
India have a day ahead of the game to choose between two spinners and a fourth option for pace, but they were unable to do so till now. Ashwin merely came out to bat, while Ravindra Jadeja got a chance to bowl. They also have a difficult decision to make about wicket-keeping. Before going to the batting nets, Bharat and Kishan both practised their wicket-keeping techniques.
The experts are split on their preference, with many supporting Kishan owing to his superior batting skills. Bharat is being promoted as a better choice for wicket-keeping. To make a decision regarding the starting eleven, one must wait until after the last practice.
Fans react to pictures of the Oval pitch for the WTC final : –
A look at WTC Final pitch 2 days prior to the event. (Pic by Dinesh Karthik). pic.twitter.com/DvYVAB77TM
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 5, 2023
Rohit: Pehle tu ja batting karne.
Kohli: nahi, pehle tu ja.
Dravid: ruko, Dhoni ko call kar ke poochta hun.
— Dr. Ajayita (@DoctorAjayita) June 5, 2023
Rohit Sharma after seeing this pitch pic.twitter.com/Wbpknpuvsi
— Ujjawal Athrav (@Ujjawal_athrav) June 5, 2023
Indian Batsmen next 2 days 😁 pic.twitter.com/M3vMyduGWn
— Bhupender Thakur (@MisterBeeTee) June 5, 2023
Ground sahi hein!!
Par pitch kaha hein?? Poora thi hara hein😥
— Prabhas (@moviebuff_hyd) June 5, 2023
That is Greener than a $100 bill
— Satheesh Raj (@satheeshraj88) June 5, 2023
Indian batters right now – pic.twitter.com/D7ObdOqP5J
— Vivek Agrawal (@bholamarwadi) June 5, 2023
2 din me result aa Jaye ga phir to.. Aussies have Advantage then
— Pawan Shukla (@Shukla8175) June 5, 2023
Swinging pitch lag rahi hai
— Rahul (@rahul72_rahul72) June 5, 2023
4 steamers need to be included in india team, jadega or Ashwin me se koi ek hi chose karo
— Vipin Kumar (@vipin1756) June 5, 2023
I just don’t understand why they don’t consider Bhuvi for these kind of matches in England when you have players like hazlewood and Boland on the other side who bowls at the same pace as Bhuvi and their ability to swing the ball in these conditions gives them an edge over others!
— Shauryaa Bhardwaj (@iamshauryaa07) June 5, 2023