3 Selection Headaches For India Captain Virat Kohli Ahead Of ICC WTC Final
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3 Selection Headaches For India Captain Virat Kohli Ahead Of ICC WTC Final

3 Selection Headaches For India Captain Virat Kohli Ahead Of ICC WTC Final
3 Selection Headaches For India Captain Virat Kohli Ahead Of ICC WTC Final
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The summit clash of the ICC World Test Championship final between the World’s No.1 ranked side India and the No.2 ranked New Zealand is just a few days.

The Virat Kohli-led Indian team is currently sweating it out in an intra-squad game in a bid to find out answers to some of the selection conundrums they are likely to face ahead of the final.

Here’s a look at 3 selection headaches that the Virat Kohli-led Indian management might face ahead of the ICC WTC final:

4 seamers + 1 spinner or 3 seamers + 2 spinners?

Mohammed Shami, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun
Bharat Arun with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav [Image-Getty]
One of the major conundrums for the Virat Kohli-led team management will be regarding the make-up of their bowling unit- Whether they go with four seamers and drop one of the two spin-bowling all-rounders or opt for a three-man pace attack coupled with the duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin?

Matches Innings Wickets Average S/R 5/10
Pace 6 79 120 32.45 66.9 5/0
Spin 6 33 41 34.58 64 2/0

 

Of course, the decision will depend on the kind of conditions they encounter at the Ageas Bowl in the lead-up to the Test match. If it is overcast and the conditions are in favor of the seamers, then they might be tempted to unleash four pacers and play just one spinner.

But, with India likely to go in with five specialist batters and Rishabh Pant at 6, then playing four seamers and just one spinner will mean that their tail will get significantly longer, and given the fact that the Indian pacers are mugs with the bat, it could prove to be a huge risk.

On the contrary, if they add an extra specialist batter in Hanuma Vihari, then that would mean playing with just four specialist bowlers, something that Indian teams’ under Virat have rarely done.

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