Former India opener Wasim Jaffer
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally put an end to the suspense surrounding the availability of India captain Rohit Sharma for the Edgbaston Test vs England. A BCCI release on Thursday said that Rohit returned a positive COVID-19 test on Thursday morning and as a result pacer Jasprit Bumrah was on his way to lead India in the match, with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as his deputy. Soon after the release was sent out, former India opener Wasim Jaffer posted a tweet with his India playing XI for the match.
My Playing XI for Edgbaston:
what is yours #Engwind
— Wasim Jaffer (@wasim jaffer14) 30 June 2022
In a surprise move, Jaffer picked two spinners, both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. This resulted in Jaffer picking only three fast bowlers in captain Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammad Siraj.
This medium-pacer fast bowler Shardul Thakur did not find a place in his XI. Shardul has been an integral part of India’s Test teams for quite some time, especially due to his all-round performances.
He has bravely helped the team with the bat on several occasions.
As the fourth fast bowling option, Shardul has provided significant breakthroughs and was instrumental in the team’s 2-1 series lead over England last year.
He is considered by many to be a sure shot starter at Edgbaston, but Jaffer’s move comes as a surprise.
He decided to open the innings with Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara keeping Hanuma Vihari at number three.
Such a decision can be possible only when the pitch is dry. England’s decision to play Jack Leach could be a sign that the spinners may be buying.
It will be interesting to see who the Playing XI India decides to go with eventually.
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