The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday evening announced the playing XI for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand starting on Friday at Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Irrespective of the conditions, India is going in with its full-strength squad. Instead of opting for an extra seamer, the Virat Kohli-led side will play two spinners and three fast bowlers.
Both Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin have been included while Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma will comprise the pace bowling attack.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will bat at number six, while Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will open the innings.
Here is the full team: V Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), R Sharma, S Gill, C Pujara, R Pant, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, J Bumrah, Ishant Sharma & Mohammad Shami
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli on Thursday asserted that one Test match is not a "true reflection" of his team even if it happens to be the World Test Championship final and he is treating it as "just another" game.
For the Indian captain and his team, the WTC final is like their Test debuts as young players trying to come up the ranks.
"One game over five days. It's not going to reflect anything and those who understand the game know and also what has gone over the period of last four to five years," Kohli said on the eve of the big final against the Black Caps.
"If we win, cricket will not stop and if we lose also, cricket won't stop. We are playing in quest of excellence and understand who we are as a team," the eloquent Indian captain added.
(With PTI inputs)