Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan has suggested two changes in India’s playing XI ahead of the fourth Test against England at Oval Cricket Ground. The former Indian fast-bowler feels that Ravi Ashwin can have a big say in the fourth Test, given that spin will have a huge impact at Oval Cricket Ground.
“The opportunity is there for the taking and I believe this change (bringing in Ravichandran Ashwin) should be made. You should first see how to fit Ravindra Jadeja is… but even if he’s playing, India should go for this change because if you look at the history of The Oval, spin definitely dominates in the second innings,” Zaheer told Cricbuzz on Wednesday.
“In the WTC final, the way Team India approached the game – going with Jadeja and Ashwin both because they are among the best five bowlers – they should go back to that because spin will have a huge impact at this ground,” Zaheer added.
The pitch at Oval Cricket Ground has been helpful to spinners, lately. The pitch has extracted as many as 59 wickets in the last five games of the 2021 County Championship.
Among other changes, Zaheer Khan has suggested Shardul Thakur’s inclusion as a bowling all-rounder. Apart from his bowling exploits, Thakur will also add depth to the batting line-up.
“If you are looking for more contributions with the bat, you can also think about Siraj – both from a workload-management perspective and for strengthening the batting. Shardul is such a player who can be used as a bowling all-rounder… and will provide that extra cushion in batting”
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