Former Indian middle-order batsman VVS Laxman has listed out the batting order India must follow at the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. India and New Zealand will lock horns beginning on the 18th of June in Southampton to claim the ultimate prize in Test cricket. VVS Laxman revealed that he would go with five specialist batsmen in the decider and slot Ravindra Jadeja at number seven.
Virat Kohli and co. lost the Test series to New Zealand in their backyard in early 2020 as the Indian batsmen found it challenging to cope up with the Kiwis’ pace attack. With the conditions in Southampton set to favour the Kiwi bowlers as well, it should be a thrilling encounter. The momentum also lies with New Zealand, who beat England in their very recent series.
However, it would be naive to count India out as they have been lethal in all parts of the world. The Indian team has a wide variety of options to choose from as they have remarkable bench strength. After beating, England and Australia in their past two series and not winning an ICC silverware since 2013, the men in blue would be eager to win one against New Zealand.
I’ve got a lot of belief in Jadeja at number seven and Ashwin at number eight: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman stated he would go with five batsmen, with Rishabh Pant at number six. The 134-Test veteran has plenty of faith at Ravindra Jadeja, who will bat at number seven, followed by Ravichandran Ashwin. Laxman feels that Jadeja is more than a capable batsman now and known to play well under pressure. Thus, he would go with the spin-bowling all-rounder at number seven.
“I would go with five batsmen, Rishabh as the wicket-keeper batsman at number six, and I’ve got a lot of belief in Jadeja at number seven and Ashwin at number eight. Jadeja is a more than capable batsman who can now play match-winning knocks under pressure. So, I would back Jadeja to bat at number seven,” Laxman said as quoted by Hindustan Times.