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Jadeja-Ashwin both will get a chance in WTC final playing XI, says former coach


With the conclusion of the league matches of the 16th season of the IPL, the players of the Indian team have stepped up their preparations for the World Test Championship to be played against Australia next month. With Rajasthan Royals out of the IPL, R Ashwin along with the first group of players has reached England for the WTC Finals. However, Ashwin’s partner Ravindra Jadeja will join the team in England after the IPL final. Despite getting more help to the fast bowlers on the pitches of England, both these players are sure to get a place in the playing XI.

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Rohit Sharma can give both Ashwin and Jadeja a chance in the playing XI. The WTC final against Australia will be played at The Oval in England from June 7 to 11. Shastri said, if the pitch is hard and dry then you definitely want to play two spinners. I think it has a lot to do with the weather in England. I believe it’s sunny now, but you know, English weather, that can change in June. So India will go in with two spinners, two fast bowlers and one all-rounder. It will be a combination and then five batsmen and a wicketkeeper.

Shastri was the head coach when India defeated England in the Fourth Test at The Oval. However, this was made possible by the efforts of the fast bowlers, Shardul Thakur’s all-round performance in the second innings and Rohit’s crucial century.

Shastri chose this team

Apart from Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, India can give chance to Ajinkya Rahane in its playing XI. Shastri believes Rahane has regained his place in the Test team after being ruled out of the January 2022 tour of South Africa.

Ravi Shastri’s Possible Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.