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: 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.
“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.
“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.
“Boult vs Rohit Sharma will be a contest that I would be looking forward to. If Rohit gets set and sees off Boult’s opening spell, it will be a treat to watch,” feels one of India’s greatest match-winners in the longer format.