Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes that the unit led by Virat Kohli should play a combination of three pacers and two spinners in the Test series against England.
India played both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand, but the step returned because the spinners barely came into play thanks to the turbulent weather in Southampton.
With the Test series to be played in the second half of the English summer, Chopra believes the ball can grab and spin, and Ashwin and Jadeja are more than handy batsmen, apart from world-class spinners, the former opener reckoned he plays both gives India an incredible depth.
‘Try to play five bowlers – three fast bowlers and two spinners. Even if bat Rishabh Pant in that case at six, Ashwin and Jadeja can definitely contribute with the bat. They will have to pay attention to runs. But by playing three fast bowlers and two spinners, Team India will give incredible depth in the bowling. Says Aakash Chopra on his official Youtube channel.
Aakash Chopra selected the trio of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami for the opening Test, and while conceding that the visitors could go with the 7 + 4 option in the opening test at Trent Bridge, he claimed that two spinners had the most important is forward in the rest of the matches.
‘Bumrah, Shami and Ishant will be my three pacers, while Ashwin and Jadeja can handle the spin section. The second half of the English summer is going to grab the ball and spin. The first match is in Nottingham, where Team India can only play with four bowlers. But in the series, five bowlers should be a must in my opinion. Says Aakash Chopra.
The first Test between England and India will take place from 04 August at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.