Sharma has been in a rich vein of form as he had scored five centuries in the recently concluded ICC Men's Cricket World Cup and he finished as the leading run-scorer in the tournament. Indian vice-captain Sharma has been surrounded by controversy as various media reports suggested that there's a rift between him and skipper Virat Kohli.
The team was selected by former international players and commentators Ian Bishop, Ian Smith and Isa Guha, along with cricket writer Lawrence Booth, while ICC General Manager Cricket, Geoff Allardice, was the fifth member and convener of the committee.
England have made it to their fourth World Cup final whereas New Zealand have reached the final for the second time. The three lions last made it to the final in 1992 whereas the Kiwis reached the final in the 2015 World Cup as well.
New Zealand were able to stun India in the semi-final as they defended a mediocre total of 240 runs. The Kiwi bowling lineup destroyed the Indian top-order as they dismissed Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul for just five runs on the board.
Australia made one change in their playing XI from the last match against South Africa. Peter Handscomb comes in place of injured Usman Khawaja. On the other hand, England are playing with the same team as in the last match.
The Men in Blue finished the group stage at the top of the standings with 15 points from nine matches whereas New Zealand finished the round robin stage at the fourth position with 11 points from nine matches.
In India's last game against Sri Lanka, aircraft flew over the ground with anti-India banners tailing them, including slogans on the Kashmir issue. After the incident, BCCI filed a complaint with the ICC.
India would enter the semi-finals with winning momentum behind their back as they won their last two matches. On the other hand, the Kiwi side have lost their last two matches and they would look to change their fortunes around.
A century of ODI wickets for Jasprit Bumrah 100. It's taken him just 57 games to reach the landmark - only one Indian has got there quicker
When India and Sri Lanka lock horns at Leeds in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, the Men in Blue would look to finish the group stage at the top of the table whereas the Islanders would try to end their campaign on a high note.