Rohit Sharma snubs reports of leaving out Ravi Ashwin from playing XI for WTC final, Will decide playing XI before toss

Sagar PaulSagar Paul

June 6 2023
Rohit Sharma, Ravi Ashwin

Captain Rohit Sharma still undecided on India’s playing XI for the WTC final against Australia.

It has been a decade since Team India secured an ICC championship. Their most recent triumph came in the form of the Champions Trophy in 2013 when, under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, the Men in Blue emerged victorious over England in the final. Virat Kohli subsequently took charge, but despite his tenure as Indian captain, he was unable to secure any silverware. Now, Rohit Sharma has an excellent chance to make history by winning the World Test Championship (WTC) Final. In this crucial match at The Oval in London, India will face Australia.

Selection dilemma for Team India

India face a significant selection dilemma regarding the inclusion of both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the game, given the prevailing English conditions, or to choose an additional seamer instead.

During the press conference, Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, was asked about Ashwin’s inclusion in the playing XI. With a smile, he responded, “Yeah, see, I’ve not said that Ashwin is not going to play. We’ll wait until tomorrow – because one thing I have seen here – the pitch actually changes quite a bit day to day. Today it’s looking the way it is. Tomorrow it might be slightly different, who knows. So the message to the boys has been very clear, all 15 must be ready to play at any point in time. And we’ll see the conditions tomorrow as well and make that decision as to who gets into that playing 11.”

Reflecting on Past Mistakes and Strengthening the Game Plan

In the press conference, Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, was asked about the learnings from the previous ICC WTC final against New Zealand and their implications for the upcoming match.

He replied, “Yeah, look, last time we played, we did make a few mistakes, which we have already spoken about in this group. Obviously, there are a few guys missing from that squad. But yeah, I mean, we are quite excited about the score as well. You know, it’s a good challenge to have. And yeah, we know exactly what went wrong for us in the last championship final. So we hopefully will not repeat those kind of things. That is all you want to do as a sportsman. You don’t want to repeat mistakes that can get the better results eventually. So we’ve played the opposition a fair bit in the last two or three months so we know what they are capable of – so it’s just about considering all the factors and pulling it through.”

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