India’s fielding coach, R Sridhar said the team’s management will decide whether to alter the playing XI chosen for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. India confirmed their playing XI for the game on Thursday, although they have the option to modify it before the toss. Sridhar stated that the management is sure that the playing XI named for the WTC Final would perform well in any situation. However, they may contemplate altering the playing XI at the toss if necessary.
The Day 1 of the eagerly anticipated WTC Final between India and New Zealand in Southampton was washed out due to rain. As mentioned earlier, the Indian team announced their lineup a day before the match but now it can be changed owing to the weather and conditions.
Speaking to press, Sridhar stated that the lineup announced was capable of performing under any conditions but the team management might still bring out some changes if needed.
“The XI that was announced (previously) is a team that takes the pitch and conditions out of the equation. They can perform in any given weather conditions. Having said that, the toss is not yet over, so a decision on the final XI will be taken at the time of the toss if needed,” said R Sridhar.
Sridhar also stated that there is no pressure on the team due to the washout. They will walk into the field and approach the game, in the same manner, they do for other matches.
“There is no mental challenge really (with the washout). Tomorrow is going to be the first day of the Test, and we will go in like we approach any new game. That wouldn’t be a big challenge for the boys,” added R Sridhar.
New Zealand will confirm their playing XI for WTC final after assessing the pitch: Tom Latham
New Zealand hasn’t announced their playing XI yet as they want to assess the pitch and conditions first. Kiwi Vice Captain, Tom Latham stated Kane Williamson and Gary Stead have some strategies and plans in mind but they want to have a look at the pitch before announcing the lineup.
“We haven’t confirmed the final eleven yet. Again, we have to wait and see when we get the chance to have a look at the wicket, etc. Yeah, sure Kane [Williamson, the captain] and [head coach Gary] Steady have a few contingencies in the plan but we will have to wait and see when the covers come off and we get a chance to play,” said Tom Latham.