India and New Zealand are set to play the finals of the World Test Championship for the first time at Lords Cricket Ground, London which is rightly called as the Home of Cricket. A massive 24 member squad for India and a 20 men squad for New Zealand has been decided. From 18th June the match will begin and people are still skeptical as to who will win the title.
A superstars packed players will play the finals and it is no doubt that unexpected match winners would come out of the game. We have made a list of players who could certainly become the dark horses in the WTF finals.
Dark Horses for Indian Cricket Team
Let’s first choose a probable playing 11 from the squad of 24 players.
Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill (openers)
Chesteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC) (middle order)
Rishabh Pant (Wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin (All Rounders)
Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami (Bowlers)
Rohit Sharma might be the senior most player in this squad but his test matches stats are not as good as with the ODI stats. The only reason why we have put him into the dark horse category is because of his performances when it matters the most. In World Cup 2019, the Hitman scored a record 5 centuries and made sure non of his centuries went in vain.
Even if his records are not that strong we certainly believe that Rohit could be the man for India in the WTC Finals.
Jadeja can bat, bowl and field. He is arguably the best all rounder India has at present. Jaddu has improved his batting a lot and is a lethal bowler if he gets a good start on the pitch. He also represents the down order in batting and those runs become very crucial towards the end of innings.
In 51 test matches he has taken 220 wickets with an average of 24.32 and scored almost 2000 runs with the highest of 100*
Ishant has represented India for 100 test matches which is a huge achievement in itself. He has been playing for India since 14 years and has ample experience in his pocket. Ishant Sharma will certainly lead the fast bowling department among the presence of Bumrah and Shami. He is known for his fierce bowling and led the famous win of India against England in the 2014 series taking 7 wickets at the very special Lords.
He currently has 303 wickets in his name out of the 100 test matches he has played. He is certainly the dark horse for India in the WTC Finals.
Dark Horses for New Zealand Cricket Team
Let’s first choose a probable playing 11 from the squad of 20 players.
Tom Latham (VC), Devon Conway (Openers)
Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls (Middle Order)
BJ Watling (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Adam Santer (All Rounders)
Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult/Tim Southee, Neil Wagner (Bowlers)
Devon Conway came and became the first man to score a double hundred on debut against England in the test match series going on just before the WTC Final. He is 29 years of age and has only played 3 ODIs for the Black Caps with a staggering average of 75.00
BJ bats and bats and bats. WTC Finals would be his last game for New Zealand. The wicket-keeper batsman has in his 73 test matches faced approx. 9000 balls and has an average of 42.61 in test cricket. He has become one of the most dependable batsman for New Zealand in the down-order lineup. Against India in February 2014, Watling and McCullum put together a record sixth-wicket partnership of 352 in Wellington.
Watling’s 124 in that Test was his first century against a top-eight nation. On the tour of West Indies, Watling’s battling 66 and his 99-run partnership with Mark Craig delayed a West Indies win in Port-of-Spain. His efforts prompted McCullum to state that Watling was becoming one of his favourite cricketers.
Neil Wagner is the prodigy whose worth New Zealand knows. Wagner’s strength is an ability to swing the ball combined with a tenacious attitude. Once known only for his new-ball exploits, Wagner has added reverse swing to his repertoire to become a more complete bowler, capable of taking wickets even in unhelpful conditions.
With Southee and Boult he would certainly be a deadly combination for Indian batsman. Having played 51 test matches for New Zealand, he has 219 wickets in his name.