Former national selector Sarandeep Singh feels Team India should look at Shardul Thakur over Mohammed Siraj as the fourth fast bowling option in the side for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in case of overcast conditions in Southampton.

In This Article

  • When will the WTC Final be played?
  • Why should Shardul Thakur play in the WTC Final?
  • Why is the UK tour so important for Shubman Gill?

When will the WTC Final be played?

World Test Championship (WTC) Trophy

India will take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final, scheduled between June 18-22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Initially, the WTC Final was supposed to be held at the Lord’s but the ICC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to change the venue due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Why should Shardul Thakur play in the WTC Final?

Shardul Thakur during the AUS-IND Brisbane Test 2021

Sarandeep Singh has picked Shardul over Siraj because of his batting ability which he displayed in Australia. As things stand, India are likely to go in with three pacers and two spinners.

However, if the conditions are overcast, India might line up with four pacers. In that case, Shardul Thakur seems like a better option than Mohammed Siraj due to the former’s all-around abilities.

“If conditions are overcast, then you can play an extra fast bowler after Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Shami. My pick would be Shardul though Siraj has also done very well,” Sarandeep Singh told PTI.

Why is the UK tour so important for Shubman Gill?

Shubman Gill in action during the AUS-IND Sydney Test 2021

Team India’s batting looks pretty settled but Sarandeep said it will be an important series for young opener Shubman Gill, who could not replicate his success in Australia in the home series against England.

“Shubman is a class act. I am confident he will do well and most probably start with the WTC final with Rohit. He did not have the best of times against England at home, I hope he finds a way to bounce back in their own backyard,” said Sarandeep.

There’s a lot of competition for the opening spot with Mayank Agarwal sitting out while Prithvi Shaw waiting in the queue.

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