The ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-2023 Final is only a few days away, and India, known for its cricketing prowess, has emerged as a really strong contender to lift the prestigious trophy. With a talented group of players led by Rohit Sharma, India has a serious chance of emerging victorious despite missing some of their main players. In this article, we will delve into five compelling reasons why India can secure the ICC WTC title.
1. Winning Momentum
India enters the WTC 2021-2023 Final with a wave of confidence after the domination against Australia in the home series, winning 5 match series 2-1. Australia last defeated India in 2014, since then they have played four-Test series in between them and India has won all four series including two away series. Hence, India is not only carrying the winning momentum but also the mental edge against the mighty Australians.
2. Good Record in England
Overall, India doesn’t have some superb sort of record in England in Tests but in the recent years India has shown they can win on any soil and they almost pulled off a series win against England in England last year, drawing the series 2-2. This never-say-die attitude makes India a very formidable side and Australia will have to be at their level best to win the trophy.
3. Virat Kohli: Back in Form
Virat Kohli broke his Test century drought after a wait of 3 years as he scored a century against Australia in the fourth Test, in 2023. Number three is a very crucial batting position in Test cricket and Kohli in particular struggled badly in England in recent years. Kohli getting back to his imperious best will be a sigh of relief for the management and the captain of the Indian team. Virat Kohli is a player who loves performing under pressure and with WTC in sight, we might see the best of Kohli again. Let’s take a look at Kohli’s record in England in Tests.
4. Solid Top Order
India boasts a formidable top order consisting of players like Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Cheteshwar Pujara. KL Rahul missing out on the Final is a big blow for India but they have enough bench strength to replace him and Shubman is the perfect candidate. Rohit Sharma, with his elegant stroke play, has the ability to set the tone for the innings, while Gill has shown his immense potential. Pujara, known for his unwavering resilience, can anchor the innings and blunt the opposition’s bowling attack. The collective strength of India’s top order provides a strong foundation for the team, giving them a competitive chance in the final.
5. Experienced Spin Duo
India possesses an enviable spin department led by the experienced duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Although Australia also possesses an experienced spinner in Nathan Lyon but the combined experience and skill of Ashwin and Jadeja give India an edge over Australia in this department. Both Ashwin and Jadeja have proven themselves in Test cricket and have a remarkable ability to pick wickets in crucial situations. The duo share a total of 738 Test wickets between them in 156 matches. Ashwin’s intelligent variations and Jadeja’s all-round abilities make them a potent force that can turn the tide in India’s favor during the WTC Final.
With the winning momentum, a solid top order, the return of Virat Kohli’s form, a good track record in England in recent years, and the presence of experienced spinners, India has a strong chance of clinching victory in the ICC WTC 2021-2023 Final. However, Cricket is a game of uncertainties, and the opposition, Australia, is also a formidable team. It will require a collective effort and exceptional performance from the Indian side to etch their name in cricketing history as the winners of the prestigious ICC WTC title.