Ravi Shastri, while picking his playing XI for the WTC final, said that Bumrah’s absence has dealt a blow to India’s chances and the team should go with another spinner.
Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that the Indian team should enter the World Test Championship Final (WTC Final) against Australia at The Oval next month with its strong side. Both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja should be included in the playing 11. While Shastri was the coach, the Indian team won the Test match at the Oval in 2021, but in addition to fast bowlers Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur, then vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s century innings played an important role.
Shastri, while picking his playing XI for the WTC final, said that Bumrah’s absence has dealt a blow to India’s chances and the team should go with another spinner. Shastri said in the ICC review, “India did well in England last time because then the team had Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj. In this way you had four fast bowlers out of which there was an all-rounder in the form of Shardul.
Pick players by looking at form
According to Shastri, players should choose based on the conditions and their current form. He said, “If your fast bowling attack is not very good. If you feel that some of the fast bowlers have aged and cannot bowl as fast as before, then you should go with two spinners as both Ashwin and Jadeja are quality spinners.
Must go with two spinners
Apart from Ashwin and Jadeja, India has also kept a third spinner in the form of Akshar Patel. Shastri said, “If the pitch is hard and dry, then you should definitely go with two spinners. The role of weather is important in England, but I think it is sunny there now but do not know the weather of England. So it would be good here that India go with two spinners, two fast bowlers and an all-rounder. Apart from this, he should include five batsmen and a wicketkeeper in the team.
Kona Bharat has priority over Ishan Kishan
Shastri said, “So this will be my team combination if the conditions are normal at the Oval. You have to field players who can beat Australia.” As far as the wicketkeeper is concerned, Shastri has preferred Kona Bharath over Ishan Kishan. Shastri’s India XI for the WTC final is as follows: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat (wk), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.