CricketWTC Final: These players left for London, Pujara to leave soon too
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As for some Indian Players the IPL 2023 matches ended, they left for London yesterday on May 23 along with their staff. Players who were part of the first travel batch included  Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, and Axar Patel. R Ashwin didn’t travel with the first batch, but he left later that day with left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat. Virat Kohli and pacer Mohammed Siraj are expected to leave for London today 24 may. 


RCB lost in their final league stage match 

Virat and Siraj played their last Ipl 2023  match  for Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday against Gujarat Titans seeking a place in the  playoffs , but Shubman Gill shattered their dreams by performing tremendously. In the first innings, Virat showed great form and made back to back another century but Shubman showed great play, and just like King Kohli, he also made back to back his second century of the season. 


These Two sent as net bowlers 

The players were given a day off after their IPL was over to spend time with their families before leaving for England. On Monday, Siraj went to Hyderabad soon he will be joining the WTC team with the second batch of players. The selectors have also sent Aniket Chaudhary and Akash Deep as net bowlers for the team. Another player who was selected as a net bowler was Chennai Super Kings pacer Tushar Deshpande, but as CSK qualified for the playoffs and now the Grand Finale, Tushar won’t be leaving for London. 


Pujara will join the team soon 

India’s exceptional batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is currently playing county cricket for Sussex, and he will be joining the Indian team on May 26 (Friday). Pujara has been in great form and is playing cricket for Sussex since the start of summers. Earlier The Indian team management also expressed concerns about the lack of preparations for The WTC final against Australia. For now, the Indian team’s support staff has checked the fitness status of players and also individually spoke to them. They also wanted to know that the selected Indian players for WTC practised with the red ball during IPL 2023. Players expressed destituteness and told the team that they didn’t get sufficient time for the separate sessions to prepare for the World Test championship against Australia.  


India is on top position in the ICC test ranking 

Both teams, Australia and India qualified for the World Test Championship as top two teams in the League Stage of 2021-23 ICC WTC. Both teams had the highest number of points, but due to Covid pandemic and many series being postponed, League standing was determined by win percentage. Walking into the 2023 WTC final team India is on top position in the ICC Men’s Test Ranking, while Australia is in Second position. The final will be played in London’s Oval stadium, where Australia has won seven out of thirty eight test matches on the other hand, India has just won only two matches.