WTC Final 2023: Why Team India And Australia Are Wearing The Black Armbands?

Indian captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and decided to bowl first in the final match of the World Test Championship 2023 being played at the Oval Stadium against Australia. The reserve day has been kept on 12th January.

During the national anthem, both Indian and Australian players were seen wearing black armbands in order to pay respect to those who lost their lives in a train collision that happened in Odisha. Before the toss, the players kept a moment of silence in order to pay tribute to the victims. This happened just before the start of the national anthem.

“The team mourns the deaths and offers its deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those who tragically lost their lives,” the BCCI said in a statement.

Talking about the playing XI of both teams, Team India has made a significant change and is going with four prime pacers. Veteran off-spinner R Ashwin is not part of this playing XI and Umesh Yadav has got an opportunity to represent his team in the pace attack along with Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur.

Teams:

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins (captain), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.

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India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Shrikar Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.

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