India should not choose a playing XI for the World Testing final with a predetermined mindset, as they did two years ago, says former MSK chief selector Prasad, who believes it will be very difficult to replace the injured Rishab Pant as his overseas leader. exploits are incredible. India’s decision to select two spinners – Ravicandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadea – in the 2021 WTC Final against New Zealand backfired as the game was dominated by pacers in overcast conditions at Southampton.
Spin could have played a part in the final against Australia at The Oval in London from 7 June, but Prasad advised the team to make a last choice depending on the conditions at the time.
“We went with two spinners and three fast bowlers in mind, but then it started to rain, we had to change our plans, somehow we stuck to the same game, playing eleven. But that’s in the past.
“It all depends on the conditions at the Oval. This is the real story of the film, presentation and conditions. We do not know how they will be in five days, so you should not fix your consciousness in advance and understand the conditions. and support your instincts,” the former goalkeeper from India told PTI.
‘No other Indian goalkeeper has done what Pant did’
Pant, who has won for centuries in England, Australia and South Africa, will not be able to counterattack if the highest order does not work. Prasad considers KS Bharat an automatic choice in the absence of Pant, but the latter’s ability as a slugger is rare.
“It’s a pretty easy call to pick Bharat (not Ishaan Kishan). It is very difficult to take the place of Rishab, especially in the away series. Africa and Australia, so it is very difficult to replace it.
“You have to have a wicket that is in good shape and ok for 100 overs. This is a test match and we need to think from that aspect.
“But if you think you can get Ishan Kishan, Bharat has been tried and tested, he has played India A in England so they might end up going with him,” said Prasad, who has been the head selector since 2016. by 2020.
“How India’s first-class tariffs vs. Aussie pace attack will decide the game”
The top four Indian stars, which include Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, are expected to face the likes of Mitchell Stark, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. Five-year-old Ajinkya Rahane also increases the experience of the batting team.
“It will decide the fate of the game. How our high order will meet their fast bowling alley.
“With Gill in good shape, Rohit already has a hundred in England, Kohli has been in great shape and Pujara has played county cricket many times and Ajinkya with his experience is the best we can have, they fight and win.” Prasad said.
“Jill has shown he can adapt to formats”
Gill has recorded several centuries in a variety of formats over the past six months and has become the top slugger in the IPL.
“It’s all about the mindset and Gill has now adapted to different formats. In the IPL, he did talk about the technical changes he made to his batting to improve his hit count. So, if a player can change his mindset to suit a format, he’s going to do well in any format.
“This is what he did in different formats. I hope he reproduces that form in England,” said the 48-year-old, who played six Tests and 17 ODIs between 1998 and 1999.
“It’s hard to ignore both Jadea and Ashvin if the need arises.”
According to Prasad, if India does go with four pacers, then the choice between Ashwin and Jadeya will become very difficult, given what they bring to the table.
“Jadeya has been so good lately that he can play as a professional slugger. It’s a tough challenge, given what both can bring to the table, it’s hard to ignore. Ashwin with his 400+ wickets who can play on any surface. If it comes to that, it will be a very difficult choice,” he said.
Another difficult challenge will be the choice between Umesh Yadav and the versatile Shardul Thakur.
“This is the hardest part. If you look at the stats, Umesh is more successful at home than away, so choosing Shardul gives you a hitting advantage. You need to have a lot of depth also against a quality attack like Australia.” Prasad added.
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