WTC Final: Can Virat Kohli Still Change the Squad Before Toss?

Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes captain Virat Kohli might make a few changes in the playing XI after day 1 of WTC was washed off due to rain.

Best WTC innings Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli en route to 254 against South Africa

The WTC final has been one of the most anticipated matches this year. India and New Zealand are the two teams that made it to the finals after battling against other opponents over the last two years.

However, all the excitement went to waste as day 1 of the match was washed off due to rain. This led to many fans wondering can the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli still make some changes in his playing XI? Technically speaking, any captain can make changes in his squad before they hand over their team sheets before the toss.

Since, the toss is yet to take place for the WTC final, Kohli can definitely make some changes in the starting XI if he wants to.

Sunil Gavaskar on if Virat Kohli should make changes to the team

Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar
Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar

Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar shared his experience of similar situations during his playing days. He said:

Yes, that’s the thing. See, they might have announced the team yesterday, [but] nothing is finalized until the captains share the sheets with each other during the toss. So, you can change the team till the very last moment. As a captain, when I used to be confused between playing a spinner or an extra batsman, I used to see the opposition’s eleven and scratch and change the team on my paper just before the toss.”

When asked if Kohli should use this strategy or not, Gavaskar said:

“So, the eleven can be changed anytime before the toss. So I feel like maybe they’ll think of playing another batsman because of the weather. Because these conditions are suitable for New Zealand fast bowlers so Rishabh Pant is at six, he might shift to seven and an extra batsman might play. Seeing this weather, one spinner might be dropped.”

As he said, keeping the weather conditions in mind, playing an extra pacer makes the most sense. It is quite obvious, if the match is resumed at all, pacers will have a field day. The cold conditions and extra wind will allow them to have an impactful outing.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Virat Kohli should make chanaged in the playing XI or not? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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