VVS Laxman Would Go With 5 Batsmen For the World Test Championship Final Against New Zealand

VVS Laxman said that he would go with five batsmen in India’s line-up, with Ravindra Jadeja batting at No. 7 at Ravichandran Ashwin batting at No. 8. Former India cricketer VVS Laxman on Tuesday spoke about the batting order which India should follow in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. The two teams will feature in the finale and all eyes will be on Virat Kohli & co., who would be battling against a lethal New Zealand pace attack amid tough batting conditions. VVS Laxman Would Go With 5 Batsmen Virat Kohli’s men lost the two-match Test series against New Zealand

VVS Laxman Would Go With 5 Batsmen For the World Test Championship Final Against New Zealand

VVS Laxman said that he would go with five batsmen in India’s line-up, with Ravindra Jadeja batting at No. 7 at Ravichandran Ashwin batting at No. 8.

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman on Tuesday spoke about the batting order which India should follow in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. The two teams will feature in the finale and all eyes will be on Virat Kohli & co., who would be battling against a lethal New Zealand pace attack amid tough batting conditions.

VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

VVS Laxman Would Go With 5 Batsmen

Virat Kohli’s men lost the two-match Test series against New Zealand in 2020, and the conditions in Southampton are expected to favour the Kiwi speedsters as well.

Hence, India’s batting order is expected to play a big role in the match, as it may determine the result. Speaking at a press conference organized by Star Sports before the WTC final, VVS Laxman said that he would go with five batsmen in India’s line-up, with Ravindra Jadeja batting at No. 7.

“I would go with five batsmen, Rishabh as the wicket-keeper batsman at number six, and I’ve got a lot of belief in Jadeja at number seven and Ashwin at number eight,” VVS Laxman said.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin batting together for India. (Getty Images)
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin batting together for India. (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, India on Tuesday announced its 15-member squad for the World Test Championship Final, to be played at the Ageas Bowl Stadium in Southampton, against New Zealand from June 18.

KL Rahul And Mayank Agarwal Omitted From The 15 Member India Squad Announced Before WTC Final

The absence of the Karnataka duo of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal from the 15 means India will stick with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill for the openers’ slot. The lack of runs for Shubman Gill in the home series against England, and the subsequent IPL, meant there were a few murmurs about Mayank Agarwal’s return to the playing XI. But those have been quashed for now.

Mayank Agarwal[
Mayank Agarwal[photo: Twitter]
The players to miss out from the original 20-member squad that has toured England are Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Shardul Thakur, Mayank Agarwal, and Washington Sundar.

The selection all but confirms that Shubman Gill with partner Rohit Sharma at the top, with Mayank Agarwal missing out. Axar Patel, who stepped in for Ravindra Jadeja during the home series against England, has no place despite a successful series. Axar Patel picked up 27 wickets in three Tests in that series, but such is India’s strength that they can afford to leave him out. , who too has impressed in his brief Test career, misses out.

Shardul Thakur’s absence leaves India with five pacers to choose from. It is the bowling combination that India will ponder hardest about: whether to play four pacers or three pacers and two spinners. India has retained Wriddhiman Saha in the squad, along with Rishabh Pant who will be the first-choice wicketkeeper.

India’s squad for WTC final: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha

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Pakistan Bowlers Need To Spend More Time Playing First-Class Cricket, Says Salman Butt

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has lashed out at the current Pakistani bowlers, stating that they need to spend more time in first-class cricket to sharpen their skills. He highlighted the inefficiency of the young bowlers who, according to him, are only focusing on speeding up and not giving any importance to enhancing their skillset. Salman Butt highlighted how young bowlers, the likes of Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah, have not given much importance to first-class cricket which has impacted their performance for Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL). Salman Butt: Bowlers Need To Spend More Time

Pakistan Bowlers Need To Spend More Time Playing First-Class Cricket, Says Salman Butt

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has lashed out at the current Pakistani bowlers, stating that they need to spend more time in first-class cricket to sharpen their skills. He highlighted the inefficiency of the young bowlers who, according to him, are only focusing on speeding up and not giving any importance to enhancing their skillset.

Salman Butt highlighted how young bowlers, the likes of Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah, have not given much importance to first-class cricket which has impacted their performance for Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
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Salman Butt: Bowlers Need To Spend More Time Playing First Class Cricket

During a conversation on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt opined that lack of first-class experience has been the reason for their below-par performance.

“Bowling at 140 kmph makes no impact if you don’t bowl at proper line and length. The batsmen love playing these types of half-volleys. They only need to direct the ball towards the boundary.

“Pace will help you only if you know how to swing and bowl at the correct line and length. The bowlers need to spend more time playing first-class cricket; not at the gym working on their legs. You’ll become an athlete, not a bowler. It is just like becoming a doctor without MBBS,” said Salman Butt.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

According to the former Pakistan skipper, the current Pakistan bowlers only focus on breaching the 140 kmph mark and not on swing, line, and length. Hence, Salman Butt believed that they could become good athletes but not good fast bowlers.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt gave his views on the shortcomings of a few Pakistani fast bowlers in PSL 2021 despite the improved facilities in the National High-Performance Center.

Salman Butt: Azam Khan Needs To Perform

The former skipper also spoke about young wicketkeeper-batsman Azam Khan who came under the limelight after being named in the Pakistan national squad. A lot has been spoken about his fitness and Salman Butt believes that the youngster needs to perform well to stay away from criticism.

“Azam Khan needs to perform. He played a couple of good knocks in PSL, but there were many discussions about his fitness. So, every time he fails or misfields, these people will question his fitness. The only way out of all this is to keep performing,” Butt said.

Azam Khan, the uncapped hard-hitting batsman from Quetta Gladiators, has been picked in the T20I squad.
Azam Khan, the uncapped hard-hitting batsman from Quetta Gladiators, has been picked in the T20I squad. © Getty

Pakistan has recalled pacer Naseem Shah for the Test series against the West Indies. Meanwhile, Azam Khan, who is an uncapped hard-hitting batsman from participating in PSL, has been picked in the T20I set-up that will play against England and the West Indies.

Azam Khan, who scored at a strike rate of over 144 for Gladiators, makes it to the T20I squad. Azam Khan has notched up 743 runs at an impressive strike rate of 157.41 in his T20 career so far. Salman Butt opined that people will always question Azam Khan’s place in the playing XI because of his fitness, and the only way the stumper could shut their mouths was by performing well.

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