Team India playing 11 for WTC Final | IND vs NZ WTC Final 2021: Can India and New Zealand still make changes in thier playing XI squad before toss, will Team India change the team at the last minute, is it possible?
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson at Southampton (Blackcaps)  |  Photo Credits: Twitter
- ICC World Test Championship Final 2021
- The first day’s play was not done due to rain, the toss could not be done.
- Can India and New Zealand change their playing 11 at the last minute in this situation?
The final of the ICC World Test Championship between Team India and New Zealand in Southampton could not take place on the first day. It rained on the Venue since morning and there was no respite except for a brief pause in between, as a result the outfield was flooded and the first day’s play was finally called off. The question here is that even the toss of the match could not be done on the first day, so can India, having declared its playing-11, change it at the last minute?
The ICC had kept an extra day for this important match, that is, there will still be a full five-day match if the rain does not continue continuously. But first of all, while filling the overs in the remaining four days, there will be an effort to finish it as soon as possible and if needed, it can be taken to the sixth day. Now apart from this question, there is another question in the mind of the fans whether the Indian team, which has announced its team, can now make changes in the playing-11 at the last minute in view of the rain, then the answer is- yes.
According to the rules, if the toss is not done, then both the teams can make changes in the team despite declaring their playing-11. Although for this match only India had announced its playing-11 till now, New Zealand has still kept its playing-11 secret.
Why the change in teams?
Significantly, it has rained heavily on the ground on the first day. Weather conditions in England change very rapidly and players are also selected according to the conditions in cricket, especially the selection of bowlers. India has kept three fast bowlers and two spinners in their declared playing-11. If the team management and the captain feel that the position of the pitch has changed now, then they can make changes in their team before the toss.
New Zealand is also thinking about this
Not only the Indian team is thinking about this, but New Zealand, who have not yet announced the Playing-11, can also change their strategy. The statement given by the team’s vice-captain Tom Latham while addressing the media after the cancellation of the game on Friday evening, it is clear that the Kiwi team is also thinking about this. Latham had said that, “Obviously both teams can change their playing-11 before the toss, so both are in a similar position. Team India has announced their last-11, absolutely from the toss. It may change first, we will wait.
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