While Shastri was the coach, the Indian team won the Test match at the Oval in 2021 but in that fast bowlers Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur, apart from the then vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s century innings played an important role.
Former head coach Ravi Shastri believes the Indian team should go into next month’s World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia at The Oval with a stronger side and include both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI. . While Shastri was the coach, the Indian team won the Test match at the Oval in 2021 but in that fast bowlers Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur, apart from the 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 hence 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. According to Shastri, players should be selected by looking at the conditions and their current form.
He said, “If your fast bowling attack is not very good. If you feel that some fast bowlers have aged and cannot bowl as fast as before, then you should go with two spinners because both Ashwin and Jadeja are excellent spinners. Apart from Jadeja, there is also 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 weather plays an important role in England, but I think it’s sunny there now, but don’t know the weather in 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. You have to field players who can beat Australia.” As far as the wicketkeeper is concerned, Shastri has preferred Kona Bharath over Ishaan Kishan. The Indian playing XI picked by Shastri for the WTC final is as follows: Rohit Sharma (Mastan), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat (wk), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.
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