We all know the stars of modern day cricket that are going to face off in the upcoming mega battle, the World Test Championship Final. Everybody’s eyes would be set at the star batsman Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Rohit Sharma, and Ross Taylor, and bowling performances by Southee, Boult, Ishant, and Bumrah.
But a cricket team is made of XI players, all of whom are equally as important to the team’s chances of winning. So today we look at some unlikely players who will impact the game heavily to tilt chances of lifting the mace in their country’s favor. These picks are of players that are probably going to be in their respective team’s playing XI based on recent patterns.
1. Devon Conway
This fresh 29 year old South Africa born left handed opener has been on everyone’s minds since his debut against England recently. He has also been excellent for New Zealand even in the white ball formats. His 200 in his first innings against tough batting conditions and experienced bowling competition showed everyone that he is a force to be reckoned with. He showed no signs of weakness or flaws in his batting and continued on to make an 82 in the second test match as well. He will definitely be one to keep your eye on.
2. Ravindra Jadeja
Although England isn’t known for its spin bowling conditions, but Ravindra Jadeja is going to be an X factor player in any team, any format, and anywhere in the world. Regardless of having only one century in international cricket, he averages more than 50 in test cricket. In the recent times, his performances with the bat have been a big plus for India. Besides, he is the kind of bowler that doesn’t need help from the pitch to get wickets.
3. Kyle Jamieson
By now, everybody knows about this gigantic Kiwi pacer. The young gun fast bowling all rounder made his international career’s debut against India when the men in blue toured New Zealand. He got fifers and fifties in the 2 match test series, and was instrumental in India’s only series setback in the entire WTC cycle. His height gives him definite advantage and the English conditions are right here for his style of bowling.
4. Rishabh Pant
His recent heroics have given him the limelight when it comes to test match cricket, but in the WTC final his role as a wicket keeper will be equally as important. The heavy loaded top order of the Indian batting line-up needs Rishabh Pant’s dynamic style at the bottom to make a difference as well. The southpaw already has a test century in England on his tour there in 2018. Hopes will be high from Rishabh Pant as he prepares to bring some magic to the test championship final.
5. Neil Wagner
Here’s a New Zealand bowler that has been effective for years and years but doesn’t get the credentials as his partners Boult and Southee. Neil Wagner is a short pace bowler who brings in a completely different dynamic than Kyle Jamieson. He has two ways of getting his wickets. If the ball is swinging, he pitches it up and tries to get it into the right handed batsman. If the ball does nothing at all, he bowls consistent and targeted short pitch bowling that produces results as well. He is a very dangerous customer to deal with.