EXPLAINED: Why Indian Players Are Wearing Black Armbands In World Test Championship Final Vs Australia
The Indian players are wearing black armbands in the World Test Championship final against Australia. The players are paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic train accident in Balasore last week. More than 250 people lost their lives in the train accident.
The Indian players are wearing black armbands in the WTC final. Photo: Screenshot
India are facing Australia in the final of World Test Championship
The fixture is taking place at the Oval
India won the toss and opted to bowl first
India are facing Australia in the final of the 2023 World Test Championship at The Oval. Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first against the Pat Cummins-led side. As the two teams walked out to the field after the toss, the Indian players were spotted wearing black armbands.
It was announced that the Indian players are wearing the armbands to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Odisha train tragedy. More than 250 people lost their lives while thousands of commuters got injured in one of the most tragic accidents in the history of India.
As many as three trains were involved in the accident, which took place on June 2. The government has ordered a CBI probe into the matter.
No R Ashwin in playing XI
Talking of the game, India decided to play Shardul Thakur as the fourth pacer and benched R Ashwin. Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami will lead the pace attack while Umesh Yadav is the third pacer in the team. Shardul will play the role of the all-rounder.
Ravindra Jadeja is the sole spin-bowling all-rounder in the team. The left-armer has established himself as the first-choice spinner in overseas conditions. KS Bharat was chosen over Ishan Kishan for the wicketkeeping job.
The WTC final marked Ajinkya Rahane's comeback to international cricket. The former India vice-captain made his comeback to international cricket for the first time since February 2022. He was dropped after the South Africa tour.