Former Chief Selector MSK Prasad said that team management shouldn’t finalize the combinations for the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 final against Australia. MSK Prasad suggested they should take a final call on the playing XI after accessing the conditions before the start of the game.
India will take on Australia in the WTC final at the Oval in London between June 7 and 11, with June 12 being a reserve day. The Rohit Sharma-led team is likely to have two spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, as well as three pacers, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur.
It All Depends On Conditions – MSK Prasad
Former Indian wicketkeeper MSK Prasad emphasized the importance of being flexible while picking the perfect starting XI according to the conditions.
“We went with two spinners and three fast bowlers in the mind but subsequently there was rain, we should have changed our plans, somehow we stuck to the same playing eleven. But that is in the past,” MSK Prasad told PTI.
“It all depends on conditions at The Oval. The is the actual story of the movie, the pitch and conditions. We don’t know how they will be over five days, so we should not pre fix our mind and understand the conditions and back your instincts,” he added.
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That Is Going To Decide The Fate Of The Game – MSK Prasad
Prasad believes the top four batsmen will need to dominate against a quality Australian pace attack in swinging conditions in England in early June.
“That is going to decide the fate of the game. How our top order is going to face their fast bowling,” he added.
“With Gill in the form of his life, Rohit already has a hundred in England, Kohli has been in great form and Pujara has got lot of runs in county cricket and Ajinkya with his experience, it is the best we can have, they have to fight and win the game,” further stated.
Gill Has Adapted To Different Formats Now – MSK Prasad
The former Indian cricketer said that Shubman Gill needs to make technical changes according to the format to replicate his form in the one-off Test against Australia.
“It is all about the mindset and Gill has adapted to different formats now. In IPL he did say about technical changes he made in his batting to improve strike rate. So, if a player can change his mindset as per format he is going to do well in any format. That is what he has done across formats. I hope he will replicate that form in England,” he concluded.