WTC Finale: This star player may have to sit out!

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WTC Final: Spinners have ratcheted up Team India tension

Excitement for the final of the second edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) is growing. The tension of the India team seems to be increasing for this match which begins on June 7. If we talk about the last final where New Zealand won the championship by defeating India, the India team left with two spinners and three pacers. But that formula didn’t work for the Indian team. At the same time, the New Zealand team had added to the Indian team’s problems with the five-pace option. Conditions in England have always been helpful for fast bowlers. But a bowler like Ashwin has a great track record here. With Ravindra Jadeja in brilliant form, the team will have to give him a chance at all costs. That tension has increased now that what will the team mix be?

In the last final, the pairing of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin couldn’t do anything amazing together. Jadeja did not like the condition of England. At the same time, Ashwin has taken 18 wickets in 7 matches here. In 2014, he took 3 wickets for 72 runs while playing one match at the Oval. Jadeja’s batting becomes a point in his favor. However, Ashwin has also scored four centuries in Test cricket. This is the big tension for Team India, either take these two together or go with just one spinner and give Shardul Thakur a chance at extra pacer. Let’s not forget that Axar Patel is also in excellent shape and had a stellar performance last season.

WTC Ravindra Jadeja Final

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Ravindra Jadeja joins the team in London

… So will this legendary player be left out?

Now the question arises whether the India team can stay out of Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja. Because India has seen two rotating formulas adopted under English conditions which were not successful. In such a situation, Captain Rohit Sharma can make a decision only according to the circumstances. In this Shardul Thakur situation, there may be a lottery. He can also be a batting option and can also play the role of fourth bowler in fast bowling. Apart from this, the team also has pacemakers in the form of Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat. But the yarn department is a cause for concern, who should be given a chance and who shouldn’t? This has become the big question.

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Ashwin during practice at The Oval

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Ashwin during practice at The Oval

Assistant coach of the Australian team and former New Zealand veteran player Daniel Vettori has clearly said that the first choice of the India team will be Ravindra Jadeja. This is because he strengthens the team in the lower or middle order, even in hitting. Ashwin is a great bowler and would be the first choice for any team. But the Oval court will behave according to his usual attitude. In such a situation, the India team can leave him (Ashwin) considering the combination of him. He also said that as the days go by here, the spinners can also get help.

Can this screw get stuck?

The special thing is that both Ashwin and Jadeja can bat, so if an extra bowler is fed, then four pacers including Shardul, Ashwin and Jadeja can play together. In that situation, only five batsmen including goalkeeper KS Bharat can feed the team. Which will be the captain of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara. But doing this can be a risk against Australia’s strong attacking pace. That’s why only one of Jadeja or Ashwin seems to be in place if four pacers play. Otherwise, if they both play, then the team can go with three pacers, with Siraj and Shami playing the lead roles. Umesh is older but Shardul may become a problem for him.

India Squad Squad

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat (week), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishan Kishan (goalie).

Stand by: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mukesh Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav

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