After toiling hard for two years and playing bilateral test series over the world, India and Australia are the two teams who have prevailed at the top and have made their way to the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
World Test Championship is a tournament started by the ICC to increase the interest and viewership of test cricket. The format is very simple. The top 9 test-playing nations play a few test series at home and away and they get points for every win. The 2 nations who top the table contest in the final for that glorious ICC Mace.
It is only the second edition of the World Test Championship and it is the second consecutive final for India whereas Australia will be going for the mace for the first time. Both these teams have been absolutely phenomenal in the tournament till now and the match is going to be a cracker with the players of both teams in prime form.
India will be without a few key players such as Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant whereas Australia will be fielding their best 11 with the whole squad fit and ready to go.
Let us have a look at the top 5 key players in this match who are going to play a very crucial role for their teams in the race to become the World Test Champion.
- Virat Kohli (Batter, India)
The most important player for India in the upcoming WTC final is going to be King Kohli. Kohli has been in top form lately scoring back-to-back centuries in his last two league matches in IPL. He is a big-match player and the best batter for India. He is also the highest run-scorer for India in test cricket in 2023 and looks all set to unleash his 2.0 version against Australia in London.
- Ravindra Jadeja (All-rounder, India)
Jadeja, the all-rounder, will be very crucial for India’s chances in the WTC final. Jadeja is a player who can perform well in all departments of the game and can change the match with his batting, bowling, or even fielding. He has been in terrific batting form in the past 2-3 years and can even play as a specialist batter giving India more options.
- Mohammed Siraj (Bowler, India)
In English conditions, fast bowlers will play a huge role in the WTC final. And in the absence of Bumrah, Siraj will have some added responsibility to give Shami the required support and exploit the conditions well. Siraj is in really good form currently and can swing the ball both ways better than any other bowler.
- Pat Cummins (Bowler, Australia)
The Australian captain will be the toughest bowler to play for the Indian batters in the WTC final. Cummins is a really skillful bowler and knows the knack of taking wickets really well. He has also impressed everyone with his captaincy skills now and will be the most important player for Australia in the final.
- Cameron Green (All-rounder, Australia)
If Australia is looking for an X-Factor player to play for them in the WTC final, they don’t need to look beyond Cameron Green. Green is a generational talent with having great skillset and can turn any match on its head in any department of the game. In my opinion, he will be the most dangerous player for the Indian team in the final.