Impact of Injuries on Team Composition ahead of WTC Final


From Wednesday 7th June 2023 to Sunday 11th June 2023, India will be taking on Australia at the Kennington Oval Stadium, London in the final of the World Test Championship. The match is going to be of immense value for both teams as the test mace, number 1 position in the ICC rankings, and prize money of INR 13.22 crores are at stake. In such an important match, both teams would want to play their best eleven men but in our sport, injuries are very common and have a lasting impact on the player’s career as well as the team.

In this post, we have talked about the impact of injuries on the compositions of both teams in the upcoming World Test Championship 2023 Final.

India Team Composition

The Indian team will be without its two most crucial players, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah. The X-factor that Pant adds to his batting complements Bumrah, who is India’s best all-format bowler. Both of these players’ contributions will be much missed, but given the depth of the team at the moment, India still has the strength to defeat Australia and claim the World Test Championship. KL Rahul, who recently had an injury during the IPL, will also miss the final along with these two.

As they are expected to play two spinners and three pacers, the Indian side must make two crucial selections: who will keep wickets and who will be the third fast bowler. K. S. Bharat and Ishan Kishan are the two candidates for the first question, and we believe Kishan would be the superior pick because he plays a similar brand of fast-paced run-scoring to Pant. Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur are the two leading candidates for the third pacer, but Thakur must be in that 11 since he adds tremendous batting to the team in addition to his hit-the-deck bowling.

India Probable Playing 11

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubhman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj.

Australia Team Composition

Fortunately, Josh Hazelwood is the only member of the Kangaroos’ squad who is injured. Hazelwood is virtually fully recovered and prepared to play, but given they have some capable substitutes for him, it remains to be seen whether Australia would risk him before the Ashes. The remaining team appears to be in excellent health and is prepared to take on the India challenge.

The Australian team will undoubtedly use the bowling lineup of three pacers, a spinner, and Cameron Green as a fifth bowler. They also have Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head, who can roll their arms as needed. They must choose whom to start the inning with, but we think David Warner will be selected as he is a more experienced and skillful player than others.

Australia Probable Playing 11

Usman Khwaja, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.