The management of England cricket team recalled the all-rounder, Moeen Ali for the penultimate Test. Consequently, the English skipper, Joe Root picked him ahead of the fourth Test match against England. With his inclusion, two spinners will perform on the wicket of Rose Bowl in Southampton. Similarly, the former opening batsman of India, Virender Sehwag suggests that India should go with Ravindra Jadeja.
The former cricketer believes that the presence of left-arm spinner Jadeja will provide an extra spin option to India.
“England is playing with two spinners that means there will be some assistance for the spinners in pitch. England can judge the wicket better than us, no matter which format they play,” Sehwag told IndiaTV during the show ‘Cricket Ki Baat’ on Wednesday.
Speaking on the eve of pre-match presentation, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli hinted that an extra spin from India might prevail in the Rose Bowl Test.
“I doubt that an all-pace attack is a right option,” he stated.
“It doesn’t make much sense, I guess, because the last time we played here, spinners came into play. In the second innings, there were big footmarks. The surface is pretty hard, so once it wears out, there can be big footmarks, and the spinners can get a lot in the second innings. That’s how I see the wicket as of now,” he added.
While commenting on the reaction of playing XI for the fourth Test, Sehwag suggests going with the squad after determining playing conditions.
“If Kohli decides to stick with the same team, there will be four fast bowlers. England, on the other hand, is playing three fast bowlers and one spinner. If the wicket turns out to be spin-friendly, India might miss an extra spinner. They can bring Ravindra Jadeja in as he can bat as well,” he explained.
England Vs India: Virender Sehwag on Southampton Test match; backs Ravindra Jadeja:
The 39-year-old, Sehwag feels India will display an upper hand on England in the fourth Test. He is confident that Indian bowling will continue the same performance as that of the Trent Bridge Test.
“England knows that India’s bowling attack is capable of claiming 20 wickets in a Test match. So they won’t keep the wicket much green in Southampton. If they make a bowling-friendly wicket, our bowlers will have an upper hand,“ Sehwag said.
The penultimate Test is quite important for India.