London: According to former Australian cricketer Greg Chappell, the Indian bowling attack is on par with the Australian bowling line-up for the upcoming World Test Championship final. Chappell believes that bowlers such as Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Ravichandran Ashwin will pose a significant threat to the Australian batsmen.
Chappell said that “I don’t think the Indian bowling attack is any less than Australia’s. Shami is an excellent bowler, and Siraj has shown great rhythm in the IPL. They will create as many difficulties for the Australians as the Australians will for the Indians.”
Following the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, there has been a considerable debate about India’s bowling line-up. Former cricketers have been discussing the selection of pace and spin bowlers for the Indian team. The presence of two high-quality spinners, Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, has presented a dilemma for the team management.
Chappell suggests that India should opt for two spinners in the final. “If you ask me, I think India should go in with two spinners. Ashwin and Jadeja have both been fantastic for India, and you need to field your best bowlers. Even if Jadeja doesn’t take many wickets, he will keep the runs in check and provide respite for the fast bowlers. Moreover, Jadeja’s batting has been exceptional in Test cricket over the past few years. As for Ashwin, he is one of the best of this generation. His ability to think deeply sets him apart.”
Chappell further highlights that Ashwin could benefit from the footmarks created by Mitchell Starc’s deliveries from over the wicket starting from day 3 of the match. Additionally, Ashwin’s previous success against the Australians in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy gives him a slight mental advantage. Considering his valuable contributions as a number 8 batsman, Chappell believes that both spinners should be included in the playing XI, as they are experienced and high-quality players.