Both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin may be dropped from the Indian team in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in the scorching Southampton heat as the pitch will gradually dry up to help the spinners.
New Delhi: India’s great opener Sunil Gavaskar believes that both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin can be dropped from the Indian team in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in the sweltering Southampton heat as the pitch will gradually dry up to help the spinners. .
Gavaskar reveals the secret of the pitch
Gavaskar is part of the commentary panel for the match starting June 18 and is currently in Southampton. Gavaskar said, ‘It has been scorching heat in Southampton for the last few days. In such a situation, the pitch will be dry and will help the spinners, so both Ashwin and Jadeja can play.
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Gavaskar said that there is a balance in the Indian team on the basis of the all-rounder’s ability, not just the bowling. Gavaskar said, ‘Ashwin and Jadeja also give depth to the batting and bring balance to the bowling. A lot will depend on the weather and the pitch in the subsequent series against England.
Indian team preparation
New Zealand’s spirits are high after defeating England in the series, but Gavaskar believes that despite not getting a practice match, the preparation of the Indian team is also strong. Gavaskar said, “Nowadays there are one or two practice matches on tours. Indian players played practice matches among themselves. The team has a good mix of young and experienced players and most of the players have toured England several times. They are aware of the situation.
Ashwin will play a key role
Ashwin will play a key role on this tour from his experience and Gavaskar believes watching the Tamil Nadu spinner bowl is as great an experience as watching Erapalli Prasanna or Harbhajan Singh. He said, ‘These are all great bowlers. Prasanna was called the clever fox, as he was adept at inciting the batsmen to play bad shots. Harbhajan Singh also cleverly brought variety and he had another.
Carrom ball near Ashwin
Gavaskar said, ‘Ashwin has it all and he has also added a flicker or a carrom ball to it which is really great.’ Captain Virat Kohli had a great performance in the 2018 tour of England, but the rest of the batsmen have not been able to play consistently well in front of seam and swing.