Aakash Chopra named his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) XI for the first match of the 15th season. 

The ICC World Test Championship finale is still a year away, but the predictions regarding the two finalists have already started. Having lost in South Africa, Team India’s chance of making it to the second consecutive title shot has diminished. Ex-India player Aakash Chopra reckons India will not qualify for mega match.

“India need to win all the four Test matches against Australia. They can’t draw or lose any Test. I feel they can win 2-0 against Sri Lanka. Even the away Test series in Bangladesh won’t trouble India. However, they still have one Test left in England. It is not going to be easy for them,” said Aakash.

“I am not counting New Zealand, Bangladesh, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka. India, Pakistan and Australia are the contenders but if Pakistan prepare better pictures, they have a strong chance of playing the final against Australia,” he added.

Rohit Sharma-led India have seven red-ball matches left in the WTC cycle that include a one-off Test against England (away), a two-Test series against Bangladesh (away), and a four-match red-ball series against Australia (home).

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