In less than a week, Virat Kohli-led India will lock horns with New Zealand in the much-awaited inaugural World Test Championship final(WTC). While the Kane Williamson-led side are well acclimatized to the conditions having played a couple of Tests against England, the Indian team played an intra-squad match to getting used to the English conditions.
The Virat Kohli-led Indian side was seen playing an intra-squad game on Friday, BCCI kept the fans updated every now and then releasing pictures of the clash. Going by the pictures, the preferred XI of the team seem to have got a feel of the conditions.
To give a clearer picture, BCCI released a small video on its official Twitter handle on Saturday morning in which all of India’s batsmen could be seen getting a go. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja were seen playing solid defensive shots.
India’s Intra-Squad Match:
The two teams were led by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul with all the first team batsmen packed in one side and the regular bowlers on the other, with reserves like Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, and Hanuma Vihari. It did seem that team India sweated it out like a real match practice.
The flamboyant Rishabh Pant took his senior bowling colleagues to the cleaners with an unbeaten century while opener Shubman Gill also warmed up with a polished 85 during the Indian team’s intra-squad match simulation over the last two days. Pant, who has been in the form of his life, hammered every bowler including the spinners in his unbeaten 121 off 94 balls.
It is learned that the first team batsmen had multiple opportunities to bat even after getting out as it was a match simulation. India’s much-talked-about bowling attack comprising Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj also bowled their hearts out. Kohli’s team was only troubled by veteran pacer Ishant Sharma who returned the best figures of 3 for 36.
The Indian team would hope that the intrasquad match would be beneficial for them. Meanwhile, New Zealand dominated the first Test against England with Devon Conway slamming a double century. The left-hander looked solid in the second Test as well scoring 80-odd runs and looks in great form. The Kiwis, however, have rested six of their players keeping the WTC Final in mind and it should be a fascinating contest between the two top teams.