Yuvraj Singh names the two batters who should open for India in WTC final

Cricket fans and critics are excited to witness the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand at Southampton starting from June 18. Though India looks like a formidable team to compete with and are positioned at the top of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings, uncertainty over the opening slots…

Yuvraj Singh names the two batters who should open for India in WTC final

Cricket fans and critics are excited to witness the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand at Southampton starting from June 18.

Though India looks like a formidable team to compete with and are positioned at the top of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings, uncertainty over the opening slots for the side are an issue.

While veteran opener Rohit Sharma averages around 27 after 20 overseas red ball games, Shubman Gill hasn’t ever played in England. The other choice opener Mayank Agarwal hasn’t been consistent with his performances.

Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh recently, in an interview, opined that India should go with Rohit and Gill as the first preference to start their innings.

“Rohit Sharma is very experienced now in Test matches. He has almost 7 hundreds as an opener. But both Rohit and Shubman Gill have not opened in England ever,” Yuvraj told Sports Tak.

The 39-year-old also pointed out that both would need to adjust to the swing of Duke balls and get used to the conditions quickly.

“They know the challenge, the Dukes’ Ball swings early. They have to get used to the conditions quickly,” Yuvraj stated.

The Chandigarh-born further revealed that the batsmen need to play session by session in England as the bowl swings early before a good afternoon period which is optimum for ticking the scoreboard. The seamers come into play again after tea due to overcast conditions.

“In England, it’s important to take it one session at a time. In the morning, the ball swings and seams, in the afternoon you can score runs, after Tea, it swings again. As a batsman, if you can adapt to these things, you can be successful,” Yuvraj suggested.

The left-hander was earlier in the news when he agreed with Indian head coach Ravi Shastri that the finale of the grand event should be a best of three Tests since Kiwis would have an advantage of playing two red cherry encounters before the culmination of the marquee tournament.

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ENG vs NZ: WATCH – Matt Henry bowls peach of a delivery to dismiss Joe Root in Edgbaston Test

In the ongoing second and final Test of the two-match series between England and New Zealand, the hosts started the day on a high note. The opening pair of Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley gave their side a solid start, adding 67 runs without losing a wicket in the first session. However, after lunch, the…

ENG vs NZ: WATCH – Matt Henry bowls peach of a delivery to dismiss Joe Root in Edgbaston Test

In the ongoing second and final Test of the two-match series between England and New Zealand, the hosts started the day on a high note. The opening pair of Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley gave their side a solid start, adding 67 runs without losing a wicket in the first session.

However, after lunch, the visitors made a strong comeback, thanks to speedster Matt Henry who drew the first blood. Henry broke the opening stand of 72 runs by dismissing Sibley for 35 runs. The right-armer bowled a short of a good length ball around the fifth-sixth stump area, and Sibley went after it, resulting in an outside edge, grabbed by wicketkeeper Tom Blundell.

Henry didn’t just stop there as he provided another breakthrough, removing England skipper Joe Root for a mere 4-run score with a sensational delivery. The Christchurch-born bowled a good length ball just marginally outside off-stump.

Root got forward to defend but was outfoxed by the late away-swing delivery. The English captain got a thick outside edge, and Blundell dived to his right to complete the catch.

Here is the video:

Blundell comes in place of BJ Watling

Blundell, who picked up two catches out of England’s first three wickets, replaced BJ Watling for the position after the latter missed out due to his sore back.

“The injury has troubled Watling in the past, and although it has improved in the past 24 hours, it hasn’t improved enough to be confident of him getting through a full Test behind the stumps,” said New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in a media release.

The tourists are also without the services of their star batter and regular skipper Kane Williamson in the second Test. Williamson was ruled out due to his elbow injury. In the absence of the 30-year-old opener, Tom Latham has been assigned to take over the captainship duties.

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