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Both India and New Zealand’s squads are complete with star players, and there are plenty of alternatives for the Rose Bowl’s grand finale. We’ve put together the best eleven from both sides.
Sharma has scored 1030 runs at an average of 64.38 with four tons, including a double-ton, as an opener. Sharma looked solid in Australia, earning him the role of deputy to interim captain Ajinkya Rahane.
In the WTC cycle, Tom Latham was New Zealand’s second-highest run-scorer. Only Kane Williamson outscored him. The left-hander has spent nearly his entire career as an opener, averaging 42.86 in 95 innings at the top and just 2 innings at number four.
Last season, Kane Williamson scored runs at will, including an 89 against India, two double hundreds, and a century against Pakistan and the West Indies. He looks a certain starter even for the combined forces.
Kohli has scored 877 runs at 43.85 in the WTC period and can break his century drought at any moment – a WTC final would be fitting for his dominance.
With 1095 runs representing a 43.80 average, Ajinkya Rahane is India’s top run-scorer in the WTC. During this time, he scored three centuries, the most memorable and notable of which came against Australia in Melbourne.
Rishabh Pant was the obvious choice for the top wicket-keeper ahead of BJ Watling. Pant has become a legend, a folklore figure, thanks to his heroics against Australia, which helped India win a memorable victory in Australia.
Ravindra Jadeja is one of the best all-rounders on the global cricket scene, and therefore, an obvious pick ahead of the young Daryl Mitchell, who has had a promising start to his Test career, and Colin de Grandhomme who has seen his form and fitness dwindle.
With 67 wickets at an amazing average of 20.88, Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s most effective bowler in the WTC cycle. As shown by his brilliant century against England in Chennai, he has regained his batting ability. Except in foreign circumstances, Ashwin and Jadeja could play together in the eleven due to their form and skills.
Kyle Jamieson, who happens to be the tallest New Zealand Test cricketer, has had an incredible start to his Test career. In six Tests, the right-hander has taken 36 wickets at an incredible pace of 13.27. A sure choice for the top XI.
In 19 Tests, Jasprit Bumrah has 83 wickets at a strike rate of 22.10. Bumrah, arguably the best fast bowler in the world, has the potential to take wickets even under dogged weather and pitch conditions. Bumrah can swing with both the new and old ball, as well as extract reverse swings with both.
Despite having a lower WTC average than Tim Southee, Ishant Sharma, and Neil Wagner, Trent Boult possesses a unique mix of qualities: a left-arm angle along with the most influential swing bowling skills.
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