Virender Sehwag: India Needs To Play To Its Strengths And Two Spinners Ravindra Jadeja And Ravichandran Ashwin Must Play
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
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India Needs To Play To Its Strengths And Two Spinners Ravindra Jadeja And Ravichandran Ashwin Must Play, Says Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag, a former Indian dashing opener feels India has to play both their spin all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in the WTC final as the team needs to play to its strengths. Virender Sehwag believes that rather than going in with four pacers, India should go with two spinners in their five-man bowling line-up as it would also strengthen their lower middle-order batting.

Team India has to do a lot of pondering regarding the bowling combination they are going to play in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag: India Needs To Play To Its Strengths And Two Spinners Will Be Good As Both Ravindra Jadeja And Ravichandran Ashwin Are Capable All-rounders

India has the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Siraj available in the pace department while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the premier spinners in the team. So it is a good headache to have for Virat Kohli and the team management.

“I don’t how the wicket would look like on June 18th but one thing I have always believed is that you need to play to your strengths. If India can play with five specialist bowlers that will be great thing because I still believe that two spinners will come into effect on fourth and fifth day,” Virender Sehwag told PTI during an interview.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP

“Two spinners will be good for India because both Ashwin and Jadeja are capable all-rounders. That also adds depth to your batting. You don’t need a sixth batsman with both of them around.”

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.

Virender Sehwag Looking Forward To Trent Boult And Rohit Sharma Contest

Opener Rohit Sharma countering New Zealand’s pacer Trent Boult’s incoming deliveries will make for a fascinating contest, something that Virender Sehwag will be looking forward to during the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, starting in Southampton on June 18.

Virender Sehwag, who redefined the art of opening batting in Test cricket, feels that Rohit Sharma’s qualities and recent form at the top of the order certainly makes him a candidate to succeed during the six Test matches in England this summer.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

“No doubt Trent Boult-Tim Southee combination will pose a lot of challenge for Indians. They can move the ball both ways and are brilliant while bowling in partnerships also,” Sehwag said.

The New Zealand team thrashed India inside three days in two home Tests in early 2020, something that will give them confidence going into the final.
The New Zealand pace bowling quartet of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson was crucial in them qualifying for the final as they won all their games at home in the WTC cycle defeating India, West Indies, and Pakistan 2-0 each. They will once again pose a massive challenge to Virat Kohli and other batsmen.
With Mohammed Siraj’s recent meteoric rise and the availability of the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma, the team management is deliberating who all should feature in the team’s pace attack. As per a report, the team management is keen on including Mohammed Siraj in the XI. Senior pacer Ishant Sharma could be asked to rest if Mohammed Siraj manages to impress in training in the lead-up to the final.