Former India opener Aakash Chopra has picked his best XI of the World Test Championship 2019-21, leaving behind Indian skipper Virat Kohli and India's highest run-scorer Ajinkya Rahane. Chopra picked Rohit Sharma and Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne as his team's openers.
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Rohit scored 1030 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 64.37 while Dimuth Karunaratne scored 999 runs in 10 Tests at an impressive average of 55.50. Chopra chose Steve Smith to bat one down as the Australian scored 1341 runs in 13 Tests at an impressive average of 63.85 with the help of four centuries.
Australia's Marnus Labuschagne bats at number four as he was the highest run-scorer in 13 Tests with 1675 runs at an impressive average of 72.82, which included five centuries.
New Zealand talisman Kane Williamson bats at number five and has also been named as the captain of the team by Chopra. Williamson scored 817 runs in nine Tests at an average of 58.35. Ben Stokes played the role of an all-rounder as he scored 1334 runs in 17 Test matches while he took 34 wickets during the WTC cycle.
Rishabh Pant takes the wicket-keeping glove as he scored 662 runs in 11 Test matches for India at an average of 41.37. Pat Cummins made it to the commentator's team as he took 70 wickets (at an average of 21.02), the maximum of a WTC cycle before the final.
Ravichandran Ashwin is the lone spinner in the team as the off-spinner has taken 67 wickets in 13 matches at an impressive average of 20.88. Stuart Broad has also found a spot as he has taken 69 wickets in 17 Test matches at an impressive average of 20.08. New Zealand pacer Tim Southee made it to Chopra's squad as he scalped 51 wickets in 10 Test matches at an impressive average of 20.66. Aakash Chopra's World Test Championship squad: Rohit Sharma, Dimuth Karunaratne, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Williamson (c), Ben Stokes, Rishabh Pant, Pat Cummins, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Broad, Tim Southee.
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