Last Update on: June 3rd, 2023 at 12:35 pm
Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie stated that India should pick their best possible fast bowling attack against Australia in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 final. Jason Gillespie said that the Indian team management should pick the bowlers who can pick up 20 wickets.
India picked five pacers in the 15-member squad, including Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, and Jaydev Unadkat. India is likely to field three fast bowlers in the playing XI. Shami and Siraj will be the first-choice pacers, while others are competing for the other spot.
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Speaking to IANS, Jason Gillespie pointed out that India will pick Shardul Thakur as the third pacer, given his batting abilities. Gillespie believes that Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could play together with the pitch favouring spinners compared to other pitches in England.
“It depends on what the makeup of the middle order looks like. If they feel they need more batting, they may go with Thakur. But ultimately, they’ve got to make a decision with their bowling attack — on what is the lineup that is most likely going to take 20 wickets,” said Gillespie.
“I would suggest they should pick their best three fast bowlers who they feel are going to make an impact and contribute to taking 20 wickets because Ashwin and Jadeja will contribute to taking those 20 wickets but they’ll also contribute really well with the bat,” he added.
The Rohit Sharma-led team will take on Australia in the upcoming WTC final at the Kennington Oval in London beginning on June 7.
He Presents The Seam And Releases The Ball So Well – Jason Gillespie
Gillespie said that he was impressed with Shami’s seam presentation, adding that he could play a big role for India in the summit clash in seam-friendly English conditions.
“Shami impresses me a lot and I love how he keeps running in hard. He does a wonderful job for India. I love that he presents the seam and releases the ball so well,” he further stated.
“His seam presentation is as good as anyone in world cricket in my opinion. So I think he’s going to play a big role in those conditions if there is any movement to be found off the pitch,” he concluded.
The 32-year-old pacer was in brilliant form, as he finished as the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). The right-arm pace picked up 28 scalps in 17 matches.