The BCCI has announced the playing XI for the inaugural World Test Championship final against New Zealand, which takes place between June 18-22 in Southampton.
The Playing XI was announced after Indian captain Virat Kohli interacted with the media on the eve of the titular clash.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are confirmed as the openers for the team against New Zealand, while Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane complete the top-5 in the Indian batting order.
Rishabh Pant will be the wicketkeeper-batsman for the side, following a series of prolific performances in the longest format of the game over the past six months.
While Ravindra Jadeja makes a comeback to the XI, Ravichandran Ashwin retains his place in the side after impressive performances in Australia and the home series against England.
Incidentally, this will be the first time when the five bowlers in the side; Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin play together in a Test match.
Here is the playing XI:
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk/b), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami.