Last Update on: June 3rd, 2023 at 02:29 pm
Former Australian cricketer Greg Chappell believes that Team India has a good bowling attack in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 final. Chappell said that Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Ravichandran Ashwin can trouble the Australian batters in the summit clash.
The Rohit Sharma-led team will take on Australia in the upcoming WTC final at the Kennington Oval in London beginning on June 7. The two teams faced each other in the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2023 earlier this year, when India emerged as the winners by a margin of 2-1 in a four-match Test series.
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Siraj Has Been In Very Good Rhythm – Greg Chappell
While speaking on the Backstage with Boria show on Revsportz, Greg Chappell believes that the Indian bowling attack is on par with the Australian bowling line-up in the WTC final.
“I don’t think the Indian bowling attack is any less to Australia. Shami is a very good bowler and Siraj has been in very good rhythm in the IPL. They will pose as much difficulty for the Australians as the Australians will for the Indians,” Chappell said.
Shami finished as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 28 scalps in 17 matches in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). Josh Hazlewood represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in only three matches this season, and other bowlers didn’t take part in the tournament.
He Will Not Leak Runs And Hold One End Up – Greg Chappell
Chappell explained the reason why India should go with the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja in a one-off Test against Australia:
“If you ask me I think India should go in with two spinners. Ashwin and Jadeja have both been fantastic for India and you need to go in with your best bowlers. And even if Jadeja doesn’t pick too many wickets he will not leak runs and hold one end up,” he added.
“That will give the fast bowlers the breather they need. And Jadeja’s batting has been fantastic at the Test level in the last few years. Coming to Ashwin he is one of the best of this generation. He thinks deep and that stands him apart,” he further added.
He Has A Slight Mental Edge Over The Australians – Greg Chappell
The former Australian captain believes that Ashwin can make the most of Mitchell Starc’s footmarks in the later stages of the match. Chappel pointed out that Ashwin had a good record against Australia in the BGT 2023.
“With Starc bowling from over the wicket, Ashwin will also have the footmarks to use from day 3 onwards. Also, he has a slight mental edge over the Australians from the last Border Gavaskar Trophy,” he continued.
“And when you add his batting at number 8, he is a key player for India and I think they should play both spinners for the simple reason that they are both quality players with plenty of experience,” he concluded.