ICC WTC Final, Ind vs NZ: Pragyan Ojha has winning mantra for Virat Kohli to win World Test Championship – As the IPL gets suspended, Team India is gearing up for the much-awaited ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand. The biggest decision that the team management will have to pick one between their best spinner R Ashwin and their best all-rounder Ravindra Jajdea. However, former India spinner Pragyan Ojha feels that India should play both of them in playing XI.
“They should play both of them. Because both can bat, both have the experience of bowling on any track. The biggest plus point is Jadeja can bat up the order. The way he is performing. Mind you if you look at his domestic record, he’s got three triple hundreds,” he said.
“I think he can bat long and Ashwin has got international hundreds also. I feel if there’s a little chance where you can play both the spinners, you should play. They have enough experience to win you games on any wicket,” Ojha told Sports Today.
Ojha said that with India having no fast-bowling all-rounder in the squad, Jadeja, in particular, gives them an extra option in the batting order.
“Overall, it’s a fantastic team. Even I was following Hanuma Vihari. Very thoughtful of him to go and play some county cricket. You know you get acclimatised to the conditions. That’s very important,” he added.
Ashwin and Jadeja’s performance in recent past
Jadeja will be making his comeback to the Test team after being sidelined in the second Test against Australia due to a finger injury. The injury forced him to miss the four-Test series at home against England but he hit the ground running for Chennai Super Kings in the 2021 Indian Premier League.
Ashwin, on the other hand, has experienced a resurgence with the bat in recent matches, helping India to a draw in the third Test against Australia by fending off 128 balls and finishing unbeaten on 39. He then scored 106 against England in the second Test in Chennai in February.