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Top 5 Players to Watch Out for in WTC Final - 23
Jun 8, 2023, 11:00:00 PM

Top 5 Players to Watch Out for in WTC Final - 23

The Indian team is set to take on Australia in the WTC final at The Oval; India will try to win their maiden WTC title under a new captain and management. It will be challenging as India misses big match-winning names from their squad that traveled to England.

Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant are out due to injuries, as are KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer. Despite big names on the injury list, India has names to challenge Australia in English conditions. There are not many changes in the Indian squad from what they had against New Zealand in the 2021 final in Southampton. 

Australia had a great 2021-23 season with red-ball cricket and became the first team to qualify for the finals. They dominated England in the Ashes, South Africa, and the West Indies in bilaterals down under, won a series in Pakistan, and played a 1-1 draw in Sri Lanka.

They only had a disappointing tour of India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year in the 2021-23 cycle for the World Test Championship. Overall, in 19 tests, they won 11 and lost only 3, one against Sri Lanka and two against India. 

Ahead of the 'Ultimate Test', let us look at the top 5 players who can change the game and take the match in their side’s favor.

Marnus Labuschagne 

Marnus Labuschagne will be crucial to the Australian team's success. Along with his mentor, Steve Smith, who is batting at number four, Labuschagne has been an outstanding performer for Australia. In eight innings while representing Glamorgan in the County Championship, Labuschagne pounded out two centuries and two half-centuries. Labuschagne will be essential in putting an end to the Indian assault.

Pat Cummins

Cummins, known for his accuracy, pace, and ability to extract bounce from any surface, will lead Australia's pace attack in the WTC Finals. He is a constant menace to opposing batters. On his last visit to England, he snared 29 scalps in 5 Tests.

Shubhman Gill

Shubman Gill is the one who most likely sparked enthusiasm in Indian supporters. Gill had an outstanding IPL 2023 season, amassing 890 runs in 17 games. He scored three centuries during the competition, earning him the Orange Cap. Although the format may differ, India’s crowned prince has scored centuries in each format of the game this year, and his propensity for high scores will offer him a chance against the Australian pace assault. As they did in the WTC 2021 championship game, he and skipper Rohit Sharma will start the inning.

Cheteshwar Pujara

With his early preparations and experience in the county tournament when most team members were occupied with the IPL, he is now qualified to be the Indian batting order's captain. Pujara has three hundred and fifty in his eight-county innings for Sussex this year. He also has a respectable track record in England. Every time Pujara steps up to the plate, his role is predetermined. He must play the same game against bowlers like Hazlewood, Starc, and Cummins and "stick to wicket." 

Ajinkya Rahane 

He is making his comeback after 18 months in international cricket. After the South Africa tour, Rahane was dropped from the lineup; however, Shreyas Iyer's injury and excellent performance for CSK during the season gave him another chance. He will be in his element on the Oval wicket as he returns to test cricket. He has played 82 tests and scored close to 5000 runs; this will draw on that experience.