Former cricketer Wasim Jaffer believes that all-rounder Shardul Thakur would be selected for India’s last ODI against England at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday (July 17).
Thakur’s addition, according to Jaffer, would improve the lower-order batting and may also act as a sixth bowling option for Rohit Sharma.
The Indian batting collapsed in the second one-day international against England at Lord’s. The visitors fell to 101 for 6 while chasing 247. Unlike England, who rallied from 148 for 6 to record 246, the Men in Blue were bowled out for 146. At Lord’s, India had a lengthy tail, with Mohammed Shami bating at eighth.
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In a preview of the third match, Jaffer conceded that, despite the 100-run setback at Lord’s, the visitors are unlikely to make any changes. However, in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, he admitted:
“There could be one change. Shardul Thakur could come in for the third ODI. When Shami comes in at 8, that means the tail is rather lengthy. India have Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya, so he could be the sixth bowling option as well. But the way India have been operating, they might go in with the same team.”
Jaffer praised the Indian bowling attack saying, “(Jasprit) Bumrah and Shami are an amazing opening bowling pair. In the second ODI as well, they beat the bat quite a few times. England were lucky that the bowlers did not find the edges. The bowlers have done their job. Even Yuzvendra Chahal has impressed. Hardik Pandya has almost made a contribution. They need to take responsibility in the third one-dayer as well.”
“This (Manchester) is not a happy hunting ground for India. But in recent years, they have won at venues where they hadn’t tasted wins before. So maybe we might see the Old Trafford jinx breaking as well,” Jaffer further added.