India Have Capable Players Who Can Adapt In Any Conditions, Says Reetinder Singh Sodhi

Reetinder Singh Sodhi, former Indian cricketer has opined that Virat Kohli’s Team India can defeat New Zealand in the finale of the World Test Championship as it has players who can adapt to any conditions. Virat Kohli-led India will face New Zealand in the finale of the World Test Championship (WTC), which begins on May 18 in Southampton. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a strong 20-man squad for the encounter, apart from four reserves. Reetinder Singh Sodhi: India Can Win In Adverse Situations As They Have Capable Players Who Can Adapt Meanwhile, former Indian

India Have Capable Players Who Can Adapt In Any Conditions, Says Reetinder Singh Sodhi

, former Indian cricketer has opined that Virat Kohli’s Team India can defeat New Zealand in the finale of the World Test Championship as it has players who can adapt to any conditions.

Virat Kohli-led India will face New Zealand in the finale of the World Test Championship (WTC), which begins on May 18 in Southampton. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a strong 20-man squad for the encounter, apart from four reserves.

Reetinder Singh Sodhi. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Reetinder Singh Sodhi: India Can Win In Adverse Situations As They Have Capable Players Who Can Adapt

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Reetinder Singh Sodhi has opined that Virat Kohli’s Team India can defeat New Zealand in the finale of the inaugural World Test Championship as it has capable players who can adapt to any conditions and play well in adverse situations.

While speaking to India News, Reetinder Singh Sodhi said, “The conditions will be adverse. The match is not in India, it is in England. But when we talk about Team India’s form, the way we play in adverse situations, these are not different conditions for us. We have players who can adapt. We have capable bowlers; our batting is fantastic. If we talk about our slip catching in Test matches, that is also very good.”

Indian test team[photo: Twitter]
Indian test team[photo: Twitter]
The former cricketer highlighted that the current Indian team does not collapse under pressure. He added that if they play to their potential, they will win the inaugural edition of the WTC.

“If we talk about a few years back, we used to come under some pressure, we used to face some difficulties, but if we talk about this team and their present form, about the history Team India, created on the Australia tour, there is nothing much to worry about. If India plays to their potential, the World Test Championship final will definitely be ours,” signed off Sodhi.

India and New Zealand qualified for the WTC final after finishing as the top-two teams in the inaugural edition which started after the ICC World Cup in August 2019. India won 12 out of the 17 Tests they played during this time period while New Zealand registered 7 victories out of 11.

Virat Kohli-led India Will Pay Against The Kiwis In WTC Final In England Before A 5 Match Test Series Against England

Team India will face New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final in Southampton from June 18 and then play 5 Tests against hosts England between August 4 and September 14 in Nottingham, London, Leeds, and Manchester. BCCI announced a 20-member Indian squad for June’s ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton. The same squad will then face hosts England in the subsequent five-match Test series in August-September.

The biggest additions in the squad are that of fast bowler Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has been out of action from international cricket for a long time due to their respective injuries. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, opener Prithvi Shaw, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and left-arm leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav are the major names that are missing from the squad.

Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja | Photo - IANS/AP |
Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja | Photo – IANS/AP |

Mohammed Shami last played for India in the Day-Night Test against Australia in Adelaide (December 2020) after which a broken arm forced him to return home for recovery and recuperation. Ravindra Jadeja also got injured on the Australian tour, fracturing his thumb in the third Test in in January this year. Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, and Arzan Nagwaswalla will be the standby players on the tour.

India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; subject to fitness clearance).

Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla

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Rahul Dravid May Coach India’s White-Ball Specialist Cricketers In Sri Lanka Tour Of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is

Rahul Dravid may be asked by BCCI to be the coach for Indian cricketers on the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in July as Ravi Shastri is accompanying the players in England. The rescheduling of fixtures amid the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine regulations have forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get more creative in terms of squad selection. After BCCI president Sourav Ganguly revealed that a completely different squad will be picked for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, it has been learned that Rahul Dravid could be handed the responsibility to accompany that team as

Rahul Dravid May Coach India’s White-Ball Specialist Cricketers In Sri Lanka Tour Of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is

Rahul Dravid may be asked by BCCI to be the coach for Indian cricketers on the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in July as Ravi Shastri is accompanying the players in England.

The rescheduling of fixtures amid the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine regulations have forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get more creative in terms of squad selection. After president Sourav Ganguly revealed that a completely different squad will be picked for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, it has been learned that Rahul Dravid could be handed the responsibility to accompany that team as the head coach.

Rahul Dravid may coach the Indian team on the Sri Lanka tour Photo Credit: PTI

Rahul Dravid May Coach Limited Overs White Ball Team For 3 ODIs And 3 T20Is

In what would be a first, the BCCI is all set to pick a completely different squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, featuring 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is, while Virat Kohli-led India will be in England preparing for the red-ball series.

The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, all of whom are also central to India’s limited-overs setup, will not be a part of the team in Sri Lanka. Along with them, head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun as well as batting coach Vikram Rathour will also not be able to assist the players on the tour of Sri Lanka.

Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP

In such a case, the idea of having Rahul Dravid don the head coach’s hat has been floated. A report in Cricbuzz confirmed that the idea is being mulled upon and there is a good possibility that he will accompany the players to Sri Lanka along with some of his support staff from the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

Rahul Dravid, the last Indian captain to win a Test series in England (in 2007), predicts the upcoming five-Test series between the two teams will end in a 3-2 win for India. The series, scheduled for August-September, will be a “tough” contest overall and a “great series to watch”, according to Rahul Dravid.

India’s Squad For WTC Final Consisted Of Only 20 Players Keeping Sri Lanka Limited Overs Series In Mind

For the tour of England, it was reported that the BCCI is likely to pick a jumbo 30-man squad but the board only named 20 players for the assignment that will including the World Test Championship final and 5 Tests against England. The decision was probably taken keeping the Sri Lanka series in mind that will see a host of other players traveling to the island nation.

Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY Images.

Among the players available for the Lanka tour, the names of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav have emerged.

The BCCI is still in the process of finalizing the details of the tour and pick the squad. While there’s no denying that there are plenty of white-ball specialists in the Indian team who are more than capable of putting a good challenge in Sri Lanka, it remains to be seen how the management formulates this unique setup. The ODIs will probably take place in 13th, 16th and 19th July and T20Is will be probably in 22nd, 24th and 27th July.

Probable Squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, , Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, T Natarajan, Chetan Sakariya, Rahul Tewatia, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy

Also In Contention: Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi

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