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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed the 15-member squad that will represent India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia. The match will take place at the Oval in London in June.
The squad has been selected keeping the swinging and overcast conditions in mind. Led by Rohit Sharma, the team will miss key players like Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah. Notably, the squad includes only one designated wicket-keeper, KS Bharat, and is otherwise well balanced.
Although KS Bharat has been selected as the designated wicket-keeper in India’s 15-member squad for the WTC final against Australia, KL Rahul is the backup wicket-keeper and is expected to play in the middle-order if needed.
As discussions about who should keep the wickets in the crucial match continue, the name of MS Dhoni, the former Indian captain, has also been mentioned. It remains to be seen who will ultimately take on the responsibility behind the stumps for India.
During a conversation on ESPNCricinfo, Ravi Shastri was asked if MS Dhoni should be considered as a wicket-keeping option for the WTC final, given that all wicket-keepers were being considered in the absence of Rishabh Pant.
In response, Shastri spoke highly of Dhoni’s abilities, stating that he has surpassed many young keepers in the country with his skills behind the stumps, despite not playing first-class cricket regularly. Shastri also commended Dhoni’s agility and movement on the pitch.