Wasim Jaffer advised Indian players to play Ranji ahead of Australia series and explained why

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Wasim Jaffer advised Indian players to play Ranji ahead of Australia series and explained why

Considering the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, former Indian starter Wasim Jaffer believes that instead of playing the final ODI against New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, key players from the India team should play in the next round. of the Ranji Trophy. .

India hold an undisputed 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, making Tuesday’s match a no-brainer affair. By the way, the final round of league matches at the Ranji Trophy will start on the same day. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul last played a test match in December 2022 against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma was last seen playing in the red ball format against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru in March 2022.

Players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Jaydev Unadkat will play for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against Australia which kicks off in Nagpur on February 9. He said: “I think (playing in the next round of the Ranji Trophy) will mean a lot. If they play maybe two innings of a match in a Ranji game, that will definitely help. No matter how experienced you are, you definitely need to give yourself time in the red ball cricket. You don’t want to be under any pressure when you play the first Test.”

Jaffer also feels that goalkeeper-batsman KS Bharath, who is currently in India’s ODI squad, should be released to play in Andhra’s upcoming Ranji Trophy match as he will feature in the eleven alongside Ishan Kishan in Indore. to play in ODIs.

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Both Bharat and Ishan have been named in India’s Test squad for the first two Tests against Australia in the absence of Rishabh Pant, who is recovering from multiple injuries sustained in a horrific car accident on December 30.

Jaffer praised pacers Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj and expressed surprise when India bowled out the visitors for just 108 in their eight-wicket second ODI victory at Raipur.

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