If India play four seamers, Shardul Thakur is my pick: former selector Sarandeep Singh


India ought to take a look at Shardul Thakur over Mohammed Siraj because the fourth quick bowling choice within the aspect for the World Test Championship remaining towards New Zealand in case of overcast circumstances in Southamptom, feels former selector Sarandeep Singh.

Sarandeep, whose tenure ended with the Australia tour earlier this 12 months, has picked Shardul over Siraj due to his batting skill which he displayed very nicely Down Under.

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As issues stand, India are prone to go in with three pacers and the spin duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the ultimate starting June 18.

“If conditions are overcast, then you can play an extra fast bowler after Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. My pick would be Shardul though Siraj has also done very well,” Sarandeep instructed PTI.

“You will want batting choices within the decrease order and Shardul offers you that. The ball will do a bit at Southampton and Shardul is good at swinging the ball. He has years of expertise in home cricket and has a really sharp cricketing thoughts.

“If a fourth pacer is picked, then Jadeja unfortunately will have to sit out. Ashwin should play as there are quite a few left-handers in the New Zealand side.”

The batting unit appears to be like fairly settled however Sarandeep mentioned it is going to be an essential collection for younger opener Shubman Gill, who couldn’t replicate his success in Australia within the residence collection towards England.

“Shubman is a category act. I’m assured he would do nicely and likely begin with the WTC remaining with Rohit. He didn’t have one of the best of occasions towards England at residence, I hope he finds a technique to bounce again in their very own yard.

“There is tremendous competition for the opening slot with Mayank sitting out despite doing well in his short Test career so far. Then you have got the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal waiting in the queue,” mentioned Sarandeep.

Talking in regards to the recent faces picked within the second string squad for the Sri Lanka tour in July, Sarandeep mentioned it was stunning to see Shivam Dube not making the minimize as a again up for Hardik Pandya.

“What happens in case Hardik is not able to bowl? You needed back up in Dube or Vijay Shankar. You have picked six spinners and all of them won’t get to play so it made sense to add another fast bowling all-rounder,” he added.


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