David Warner, Australian opener wants all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the team as far as he is concerned. With less than a week to go for the WTC final between India and New Zealand, everyone is thinking about the various combinations that the teams can go with. India will have an uphill task picking their final XI from the 20 squad members, who are currently playing an intra-squad match.
David Warner Wants Both Spinners To Play The WTC Final
While the conditions are expected to favour the fast bowlers, India has two spinning options in Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. The big question that arises is whether India should go in with three pacers and two spinners, or four pacers and one spinner. David Warner feels that both the spinners should be playing the final.
David Warner has weighed in on the debate and he believes that both spinners should play in the match. David Warner further praised Ravindra Jadeja and said that he deserves to be in India XI for the WTC final.
“Over time Jadeja has bowled exceptionally well against left-handers. There only has to be one little footmark that could be the size of roti and he will hit that consistently. They are going to be troubled with those two spinners I feel,” David Warner told Sports Today.
India has not preferred playing Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja together in an overseas Test. In England, they have done it only once in 2014 at Manchester without much success. But this time, things might be different. Ravichandran Ashwin has 409 scalps in 78 Tests and Ravindra Jadeja has 220 scalps in 51 Tests.
Ravichandran Ashwin Explained The Importance Of The WTC Final While Rishabh Pant And Shubman Gill Stars In Intra Squad Match
Ravichandran Ashwin is eagerly waiting for the title clash and explained the importance of the match.
“It is really exciting, in all these years we have never played a team at a neutral venue in Test cricket. Test cricket is the ultimate format of the sport that we have. It is the greatest test of a cricketer’s ability, mental strength, and everything. For a long time, cricketers wanted this kind of space, with some context to Test cricket. Looking forward to the final,” Ashwin said.
Meanwhile, the flamboyant Rishabh Pant took his senior bowling colleagues to the cleaners with an unbeaten century while opener Shubman Gill also warmed up with a polished 85 during the Indian team’s intra-squad match simulation over the last two days.
Rishabh Pant, who has been in the form of his life after a successful Australia tour and England Tests at home, hammered every bowler including the spinners in his unbeaten 121 off 94 balls. Virat Kohli’s team was only troubled by veteran pacer Ishant Sharma who returned the best figures of 3 for 36.
The two teams are being led by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul with all the first team batsmen packed in one side and the regular bowlers on the other, with reserves like Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, and Hanuma Vihari. For Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Shubman Gill, it will be an opportunity to prove their form and make a case for their inclusion in the Playing XI.
While Shubman Gill hit a rough patch after doing well in Australia, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have returned to form in IPL 2021. The other player to undergo further assessment is Ravindra Jadeja, who has been out since India’s Australia series due to a thumb injury. He although returned to IPL 2021 and starred for Chennai Super Kings.