Virat Kohli breaks MS Dhoni record as India name team for WTC final

Virat Kohli is set to captain India for a record-breaking 61st time after being selected in the team to face New Zealand in the World Test Championship final.

Former skipper MS Dhoni captained India in a then-record 60 Test matches but Kohli will move ahead of his predecessor in the inaugural WTC final, set to start on Friday at the Ageas Bowl.

As well as leading the team more than anyone else, Kohli also boasts the best win-rate (36/60) of any man to captain India on more than five occasions.

India have opted to play three pace bowlers and one specialist spinner against New Zealand as they bid to become the world champions in Test cricket.

Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami were picked ahead of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj, while Ravindra Jadeja will offer support to lead spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

India’s batting line-up is unchanged from their most recent Test series – a 3-1 win at home against England – with Kohli supported by the likes of Rohit Sharma, Subman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant.

On India’s team selection, Kohli said: ‘For us, it is about covering all the bases and making sure that we take the strongest side we can be on the park, which gives us batting depth and gives us enough bowling options as well.

‘There is lot of hard work done over a long period of time to find ourselves here in the first final.

‘It’s exciting but for us it’s just focusing on continuing that growth and trying to keep committing to the parts of our game that give us the best chance and that’s where I know the guys will be focusing on.

‘We are trying to look at the long game and try and improve all the time.’

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