India and Australia are all set to clash in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the London Oval from June 7. Former coach Ravi Shastri has now suggested India’s XI for the final.
Shastri says two spinners should be included in the team even though the final will be played on England’s pace-supporting wicket. Shastri has recommended R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for this job. Both are world-class spinners who can wreak havoc in the Australian league, he believes.
Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj are in the pace line. Shastri suggests Shardul Thakur as the third pacer. Shubman Gill should be Rohit Sharma’s opening partner in the absence of KL Rahul. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli are at the third and fourth position respectively.
Shastri gives senior Ajinkya Rahane the all-important position at number five in the team. In the absence of KL Rahul, Shastri has suggested KS Bharat as the wicket-keeper. Indian wickets were the mainstay of the Border Gavaskar Trophy held in India.
Shastri’s Indian XI playing: Rohit Sharma, Subhman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj.