Rohit Sharma leading from the front as India to make changes would be known, and surely India to pick players according to the conditions. The conditions here could be how much bigger is the ground on which side and on which side, the boundaries smaller. Whether it’s a spin friendly to allow swing too at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi stadium on Oct 14. The dew factor and so on. It’s much less than 30 hours to the big match while this analysis in preparation, to let you know.
This article includes but to not elaborate to:
- Certainly not about #SAvAus big match, which Australia lost miserably
- Not about #NZvBAN, which would be played on Friday
- Not about Shubman Gill’s fitness issue, which is hurting cricket fans to not see him play
- What commentator Nasser Hussain told how important is Virat Kohli’s wicket for Pakistan
- How the weather at Ahmedabad would be like, but certainly a full match would be on
- About Mohammed Shami’s inclusion, etc.
Most likely, Ravichandran Ashwin would still warm the bench as Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav bowling even better match after match. Mohammed Siraj would also play again after his very poor, but just one last game. Mohammed Shami won’t be that good as Siraj is a wicket-taking bowler and if he can, he would do wonders. However, it’s a tough decision to choose Shami or Siraj. It’s not obvious that Siraj would be dropped.
It’s like if Jasprit Bumrah not at his best in his initial 3-4 overs because Pakistan most likely would just play him out, Siraj could still be someone bowling a longer first spell. Shubman Gill is not fully fit, and so Ishan Kishan would again play at an important position.
India to make changes, but this way
Either India should start their bowling with Bumrah and Pandya or with Jadeja to join Bumrah for 3 to 4 overs. Siraj would be a better option as the first or second bowling change and then who?. Kuldeep Yadav should bowl earlier than usual. Usually, he comes late, but he should bowl as soon as the first powerplay finishes.
This way, if India to make changes, should attack alongside pace and spin. Don’t let Pakistan’s players play spinners in tandem. The key Pakistan’s batters for India to focus on would be, Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan, and Saud Shakeel. However, Pakistan would look for 4 India batters. This means, the game would be lost by India if they lose their 4 key batters, and the case is altogether different for India. This also means, India sits on top from the ‘very word go’.
The 4 key India batters would be Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul. This wouldn’t be that tough for Pakistan as their bowlers have the knack of picking big wickets. Similar is the case for India as the contest would go down to the wire.