Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has picked his India XI for the upcoming ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final. He picked a pretty balanced squad but what caught the attention of many was he left out Ravichandran Ashwin And Ishan Kishan, picking Shardul Thakur and KS Bharat.
Skipper Rohit Sharma along with Shubman Gill will open the innings for India according to Tom Moody against Australia in the WTC Final, which will be played from the 7th to the 11th at the Oval, England. At No.3 and No.4, he backed Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.
Tom Moody rooted for ‘comeback man’ Ajinkya Rahane to play at No.5. With all the debate going around the keeper’s slot in the Indian team between KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan, the former Australian cricketer picked the right-hander in his team followed by Ravindra Jadeja at No.7.
Tom Moody didn’t opt for R Ashwin due to the conditions and instead picked Shardul Thakur in his team. The pace battery in his team comprised of Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Umesh Yadav.
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Here’s Tom Moody’s Indian playing 11 for the ICC WTC Final:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
ICC World Test Championship Final: Tom Moody Reveals Why he picked KS Bharat over Ishan Kishan
Tom Moody further went on to say why he picked KS Bharat over Ishan Kishan. He said that the right-hander has been around for a while and should get the opportunity. He pointed out that it’ll be difficult for Kishan to adjust in the middle over. He explained:
“KS Bharat for sure. He is a proper Test match wicketkeeper and we saw that against Australia at home, he kept superbly. He has been around for a while and he should get the opportunity,”
“Ishan is an opener. I am not saying he is not capable of playing Tests. He is one for the future but he opens in limited-overs cricket. Things will be different at number six. Yes, he goes hard from ball one, which can be counter productive in England, but Bharat can also bat well and play shots also.”
The Indian team are currently toiling hard at the Arundel Castle Cricket Club in Sussex. They haven’t won a single ICC Trophy since 2013. It’ll be a great opportunity for them to end their long wait.