It won’t be the only change as India begin their World Test Championship series after a second consecutive fall at the last hurdle. Mohammed Siraj, who has 19 Tests under his belt, will be the leading pacer in the attack as Jasprit Bamra is out due to injury and Mohammed Shami has been rested.
3 pacers, 2 spinners
The pitches here are favorable for pace bowling, so we will use a combination of three fast bowlers and two spinners, Sharma said. Unfortunately, we don’t have a long line of pacemen at the moment as many of them are being treated for injuries. Therefore, many of our experienced bowlers could not make it on this tour.
This will always be a problem for Indian cricket as we play a lot of games. We have to give players breaks, manage them so that they come back refreshed. We don’t have the ability to focus on just one series. We have to look at what lies ahead. The World Cup is coming and we have to understand which players we will need more, the captain said.