Wasim Jaffer names his India XI for Edgbaston Test, omits Fast Bowling All-Rounder

Former Indian opening hitter Wasim Jaffer

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally put an end to the suspense surrounding India captain Rohit Sharma’s availability for the Edgbaston Test against England. A BCCI statement on Thursday said Rohit had returned a positive COVID-19 test on Thursday morning and as a result pacemaker Jasprit Bumrah would lead India in the game, with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as his assistant. . Immediately after the release was sent, former India opening hitter Wasim Jaffer posted a tweet with his India playing XI for the game.

In a surprise move, Jaffer opted for two spinners including Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in his XI. As a result of this, Jaffer selected only three point guards in captain Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.

Following this average pace, Shardul Thakur found no place in his XI. Shardul has been an integral part of India’s test teams for quite some time, not least because of his overall performance.

He helped the team several times with brave hits with the bat in order.

As a fast bowling fourth option, Shardul provided key breakthroughs and was instrumental in the team’s 2-1 lead over England last year.

He is considered by many to be a safe starter in Edgbaston, but Jaffer’s take is quite surprising.

He also decided to open the heats with Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara, keeping Hanuma Vihari in third place.


Such a decision could only be possible if the ground is dry. England’s decision to play Jack Leach could be an indication that there might be a buy for the spinners.

It will be interesting to see what to play with XI India ultimately decides to play.

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