India should see Shardul Thakur over Mohammad Siraj as the country’s fourth option for fast bowling for the World Cup final against New Zealand in the event of cloudy conditions in Southampton, according to former coach Sarandipe Singh.
Sarandeep, whose term ended with a tour of Australia earlier this year, chose Shardul over Siraj because of his ability to wad, which showed Down Under very well.
As things stand, India is likely to come in with three beats and a spin duet by R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadea for the last start June 18.
“If the conditions are cloudy, then you can play an extra fast bowler after Ishant Sharma,, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami. “My choice would be Shardul, although Siraj also did very well,” Sarandip told PTI.
“You will need lower order batting options and Shardul gives you that. The ball will do a bit in Southampton and Shardul is good at swinging the ball. He has many years of experience in home cricket and has a very sharp cricket mind.
“If a fourth pacer is chosen, then Jadea will unfortunately have to sit down. Ashwin will have to play as there are many left-handers from New Zealand.”
The choice seems quite settled, but Sarandeep said it will be an important series for young openers. Shubman Gil, who could not repeat his success in Australia in the home series against England.
“Schubman is a great act. I’m sure he will do well and most likely start with the WTC final with Rohit. He didn’t have the best times against England at home, I hope he will find a way to bounce back on his own. back yard.
“There’s a lot of competition for the starting slot with Mayank sitting down, although he’s done well in his short test career so far. Then you liked it. Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal, waiting in line, “Sarandeep said.
Speaking about the freshmen selected in the second team for the Sri Lanka tour in July, Sarandeep said it was surprising to see Shivam Dube not making the acronym as a backup for Hardik Pandya.
“What happens if Hardick is unable to bowle? Did you need a backup in Dube or Vijay Shankar. You have chosen six spinners and all of them will not start playing, so it made sense to add another fast bowling wagon, “he added.