Indian Bowling lineup is still a mystery for Australia says Australian Assistant Coach Daniel Vettori: The Australian team, along with their coaches, are anticipating the formidable presence of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the upcoming ICC World Test Championship Final 2023. However, they find themselves in a state of uncertainty regarding the selection between Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin for this prestigious tournament.
There exists a possibility that both Jadeja and Ashwin might secure a spot in the playing 11, although this outcome heavily relies on the prevailing pitch conditions at the Oval Cricket Ground. From June 7th to June 12th, this captivating contest will unfold, with June 12th being kept as a reserved day for any unforeseen circumstances.
The Australian playing 11 is relatively predictable, mirroring their lineup during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. While fast bowlers are set to play a crucial role in the outcome of the WTC Final 2023 for both teams, the exact composition of India’s team remains uncertain, adding an element of intrigue to the upcoming clash.
During the recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy series held in February-March, India deployed a trio of spinners to great effect. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel emerged as key bowlers, collectively amassing a significant number of wickets. Ashwin impressively claimed 25 wickets, while Jadeja contributed 22 wickets, leading the Indian cricket team to a remarkable 2-1 series victory.
However, in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship Final held in Southampton, the Indian spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin struggled to make crucial breakthroughs and failed to dismantle partnerships. Unfortunately, India ended up losing the match against New Zealand. As a result, it remains uncertain whether this spin pair will feature in the upcoming WTC Final 2023 at the Oval.
India’s leading pace bowlers, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, showcased exceptional performances in the Indian Premier League, and they will seek to carry forward their impressive form into the WTC Final. The duo is expected to form the opening pair in the bowling attack, while Shardul Thakur could serve as the third seam option. As for the fourth spot, it is undecided between Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat, with either of them potentially earning a place in the playing 11.
Australia assistant coach Daniel Vettori on India’s Playing XI for WTC Final 2023:
During Australia’s training session at the Kent County Cricket Ground in Beckenham, Australia’s assistant coach Daniel Vettori engaged in discussions about India’s potential playing XI for the WTC Final 2023.
Vettori expressed that the team is currently deliberating on the selection, but it is highly likely that Ravindra Jadeja will be included in the lineup. According to Vettori, Jadeja’s presence will not only bolster India’s batting depth but also provide additional strength to their bowling attack. However, the main topic of the debate revolves around whether to include a fourth seamer or opt for Ravichandran Ashwin, as both options present compelling choices.
Vettori acknowledged Ashwin’s exceptional skills as a bowler, highlighting that he is often the preferred choice for most teams due to the incredible quality he brings to the spin attack. Considering the expected quality of the pitch at the Oval, Vettori anticipates a favourable playing surface that may offer assistance to the spinners as the match progresses.
It is worth noting that these discussions reflect the views and considerations of the Australian coaching staff, and the final decision regarding India’s playing XI for the WTC Final 2023 will be made by the Indian team management.