As the final dates for the World Test Championships between India and New Zealand draw near, the excitement of cricket fans is growing. It is unclear whether the two spinners will be included in Team India’s playing XI or Team India with a spinner in the game, which will be played in Southampton from June 18. Team India star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has returned to the Test squad and R Ashwin’s performance in the recent Test series has been outstanding. Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has suggested India should join Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the XI.
“Playing two Tests against England before the WTC final can be a workload management problem for New Zealand,” Hesson said. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill have been opening innings for India in recent times and Hesson feels that the Indian team’s administration will not change that, but Mayank Agarwal should be allowed to. Mayank scored the most number of runs for India in the two-Test series in New Zealand last year. He is one of the four batsmen to have scored a half-century for India.
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“He’ll probably go with Rohit and Shubman, but I think Mayank’s name should be discussed. They’ve had their attacks in New Zealand and they have great experience playing Kiwi bowlers,” Hesson said. Due to the ban on Kovid-19, India has not had the opportunity to practice before the WTC finals in Southampton from June 18. New Zealand, on the other hand, are playing a two-match series against England but Hesson did not want it to be “a problem (playing three consecutive Tests). .
‘Match practice always pays off’
“Every Test match is just four days away. It rests on other fast bowlers. So managing the workload of other bowlers is a big thing,” he said. Regarding India’s preparations before the final, Hesson said, “Match practice is always useful, but every ground is different. Southampton is unique in terms of the field and therefore the practice of the match definitely benefits.” He said, ‘But India has brought in a great team and they can only play matches in the middle of the team, so I think it makes a lot of difference in the match.
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‘Ashwin and Jadeja both got chances in playing XI’
The match is played with Duke balls that provide more swing and movement, but Hesson believes the role of spinners will be important as the game progresses, so India must play three fast bowlers with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Will be placed in XI. In the case of New Zealand, they want to have four fast bowlers with Colin de Grandhomme or Mitchell Santner. “They (Ashwin and Jadeja) really give India a good balance. That means you have five major bowlers, so you can attack right-handed batsmen and left-handers alike. Don’t forget there are five left-handers.
Hesson expects Rishabh Pant to bat in sixth and be able to replicate his Australian performance. “He now understands international cricket very well and is confident. So he is able to play the way he wants to,” he said.
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