IND vs AUSTest Series 2024/25 | Captain Rohit Sharma with Australian Captain Pat Cummins
Team India captain Rohit Sharma and Australia captain Pat Cummins after India defeated Australia by six wickets in 2nd IND vs AUS test. | Getty Image

India’s chances of winning ICC WTC Final 2023 against Australia – Sachin Tendulkar respond: Rohit Sharma-led team India, recently, secured their berth in the ICC WTC Final after defeating Australia in the four-match test series. India thumped Australia by 2-1 in the Border Gavaskar Trophy and were aided by New Zealand, who defeated Sri Lanka in the first test, to get an entry to the ICC WTC 2021-23 Final.

While India made it through to the finals of the ICC World Test Championship with the help of New Zealand, Australia got through it in the third game of the IND vs AUS tests, after defeating India in Indore by nine wickets.

Now, India and Australia will have a rematch at the Kennington Oval in London starting June 7 to get crowned as the ICC World Test Champions.

The speculations have already begun as to what will be the probable playing combination for India and Australia in the marquee clash against Australia. On similar lines, legendary batter Sachin Tendulkar was asked about his choice of players and India’s chances of winning the ICC WTC Final 2023 against the likes of Australia. The former cricketer in reply to the query largely remained optimistic but fired a warning to the Indian captain Rohit Sharma of the possible dangers.

Tendulkar emphasised on picking up a balanced squad for the test against Australia in London, not just considering the overhead conditions but also having a thorough view of the weather for all five days of the game.

“In Test cricket, you will have to understand conditions for the next five days and pick the squad accordingly,” he said in India Today Conclave. “We have played well and we have a good team, a balanced team.”

Noting that the playing conditions on offer at Oval will be different and fitting two spinners in a single playing11 will be a challenge, Sachin Tendulkar sent a stern warning to the Indian management.

“It would be slightly challenging for a captain to have extra spinners in the team to get the balance right. I am only thinking from India’s point of view, let Australians do what they want to do. We stand a very good chance,” he said.

Interestingly, this is India’s second shot at the ICC WTC Final trophy. In the earlier chance, India missed out on getting crowned as the World Test Champions (WTC) against New Zealand in 2021 in Southampton.

Down below is India’s probable Playing11 against Australia in the ICC WTC Final 2023:

India’s Likely Playing11: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Mohamamd Siraj, Mohammad Shami.

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