WTC Final 2023: The Indian Cricket Team is already gearing up to face the mighty Aussie challenge in the final of the World Test Championship 2023. Rohit Sharma's men have made it to the finals of the Test championship two consecutive times and now aim to bring the coveted mace home. Meanwhile, in a recent development, The International Cricket Council has announced the match officials for the marquee Test.
As announced by ICC, there will be five match officials including the on-field umpires. New Zealand's Chris Gaffaney and England's Richard Illingworth have been named as the on-field umpires. Meanwhile, England's Richard Kettleborough will be officiating as a TV umpire for the contest. Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena is named as the fourth umpire, whereas West Indies' Richie Richardson will be the match referee.
The IPL-bound Indian players are still in India but the duty-free cricketers have travelled to England and are gearing up for the clash. Earlier the first batch of Indian players left for the WTC final. The likes of Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin among others have traveled to UK. Recently, Indian captain Rohit Sharma along with Ishan Kishan and stand-in player Yashasvi Jaiswal have also left for England.
Notably, Cheteshwar Pujara is only in England and has featured in the County Cricket. There are a few other Indian players who have not reached England. The likes of Shubman Gill, Mohammed Shami, K S Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane are in India and are in the squads of either Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings.
India's squad for WTC 2023 final:
Rohit Sharma (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, KS Bharat, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Axar Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadakt, Umesh Yadav
Reserves: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mukesh Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav
Australia's squad for WTC 2023 final:
Pat Cummins (captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Josh Inglis, Todd Murphy, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.
Reserves: Mitch Marsh, Matt Renshaw