India's likely XI for the WTC Final if the currently injured cricketers don't recover on time
India is already without the services of Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah for the WTC Finals against Australia. Now, a few more cricketers could miss the game. Here, we take a look at India's likely XI for the WTC Final if the currently injured cricketers don't recover on time.
Australia has a solid squad and India will find it hard to defeat them in England. The injury to key players does not help the men in blue. Therefore, it will be a big challenge for Rohit Sharma's men in the WTC Finals.
Openers: Rohit Sharma (C) and Shubman Gill
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will be the openers in India's likely XI for the WTC Final if the currently injured cricketers don't recover on time. With KL Rahul's injury status unknown, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are likely to be the openers. Even if KL is available, Rohit and Gill could be the first-choice options for this department.
Middle-Order: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and KS Bharat (WK)
It will be the same middle-order that operated for India for quite a while. Rahane has earned a comeback and if KL is not fit, he would surely operate at No.5. Now that Rahul has an injury issue, it is most likely that KS Bharat will keep the wickets. Therefore, the chance will further reduce for KL Rahul in this XI.
All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja will be the all-rounder in India's likely XI for the WTC Final if the currently injured cricketers don't recover on time. Jaddu will play a key role in this squad. While he might even be promoted up the order, he will also have a job to do with the ball. If all the seamers are fit, Jaddu could very well be the only spinner in the squad.
Bowlers: R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Mukesh Kumar (If Umesh, Shardul & Unadkat aren't fit)
While Umesh and Shardul have some issues, so does Unadkat. Hence, this leaves with Mohammed Shami and Siraj as the only options in the pace department from the selected 15. Considering it may not be worthwhile to have two debutantes, the management might include Ashwin in the XI. He adds depth to the batting line-up and will also be a weapon against the lefties in the Aussie squad. Mukesh Kumar, Umran Malik and Kuldeep Sen are some of the options India will have for the pace department. Considering his recent form and experience with the red ball, Mukesh could be chosen.