After the WTC final, 5 Team India players will say goodbye to the longest Test format. Now let’s know who they are..!
The World Test Championship (WTC) will be played between India and Australia at Lord’s on June 7. Team India led by Rohit and Australia led by Pat Cummins are going to decide. While Australia topped the WTC points table, India settled for second place. And after this WTC final, 5 Team India players will say goodbye to the long Test format. Now let’s know who they are..!
This right arm spinner is 37 years old. He is almost taking steps towards retirement. As Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel are playing well with excellent bowling in the team, BCCI is hoping to give chances to the young players as well. Ashwin seems likely to retire after the WTC final.
Another player who makes it to this list is Ishant Sharma. Due to pacers like Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma did not get a chance in the national team. He last played in the Test series against New Zealand in November 2021. And now it is almost impossible for Ishant Sharma to make a comeback in the Test format. Hence, there is a chance that Ishant Sharma will retire from Tests after the WTC final.
With Shreyas Iyer out of the WTC final, Suryakumar Yadav may be a part of the team. However, his form in T20s has not been good in the longer formats. If this right-handed batsman does not perform well in the WTC final, there is a chance that he will bid farewell to Tests and play only T20Is and ODIs.
Another player who could retire from Tests after the WTC final is Wriddhiman Saha. Despite Rishabh Pant’s injury, Saha was not brought back into the Test team as wicketkeeper. The selectors and coaches are saying that they will replace the keeper’s position in the Tests with a young wicket keeper. Judging by this, there is no chance of Saha making a comeback in the Test team. Hence, he may retire from Tests after the WTC final.
Another player to retire from Tests after the WTC final is Umesh Yadav. He showed good form in the ODI series against Australia at home. Could also be a part of the Indian team in the World Test Championship final. However, Yadav is already 35 years old. There are no chances of him playing more Test matches in the next WTC cycle. Young pacers like Umran Malik are already waiting for opportunities in Tests. As a result, Yadav is likely to retire from Tests after the current Test Championship.