Former India bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad believes that Ishant Sharma should be in the playing XI for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand, scheduled to begin from June 18 in Southampton.
While Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are almost certain to find a place in the playing XI, a tussle between Ishant and Mohammed Siraj is expected for the place of the third pacer.
Speaking about the same during an interaction with PTI, former Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad admitted he was surprised to see people questioning the 32-year-old’s place in the side.
Prasad also said that selecting the final playing XI will be a straightforward decision for skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. However, he wants to play both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja with three pacers.
“Ashwin and Jadeja and three fast bowlers seem to be the best combination. Bumrah, Shami, and Ishant Sharma have the experience of playing in different conditions, they know their roles very well.
“The strategy is very simple. Who can make use of the new ball better? Both Bumrah and Shami have got an amazing seam position and great control over line and length,” the 51-year-old said.
“I am surprised that Ishant is considered number three even after playing 100 Tests. He also has a lot of experience of playing county cricket in England,” added Prasad, who featured in 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for Team India.
“I hope to see the game go to the fifth day. Especially in India, we didn’t see it go beyond the third or fourth day. It should reach day five but in English conditions, the Dukes ball does something more often than not. The batsmen will have to adapt quickly and the bowlers will need to figure out the end which is more suited to them,” he concluded.