“Will Ravi Ashwin play?”- Rohit Sharma drops a massive hint over the playing XI in the IND vs AUS final
IND vs AUS: We are just a few hours away from the start of the blockbuster IND vs AUS final on Sunday. Two teams that have played the best cricket have qualified for the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Now, only time will tell which team will end up holding the World Cup trophy at the Narendra Modi Stadium in front of 130,000 people.
Both captains addressed the media ahead of IND vs AUS final on Sunday. Pat Cummins accepted the challenge they will be having in the game. The Australian captain said that India have played the best cricket and they will be difficult to beat. He also said that there will also be one-sided crowd that will cheer for India. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma also talked about India’s strategy for the final.
IND vs AUS: Rohit Sharma drops a massive hint over Ravi Ashwin’s inclusion in the playing XI
The pitch in Ahmedabad is expected to be slow, which will help the spinners. That means that India can think of playing three spinners. India faced Australia earlier this tournament in Chennai, where they played with three spinners. Ravi Ashwin also played that game along with Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav and restricted Australia to a 200-run mark. So if the pitch for the final will help spinner, will Ashwin play?
Rohit Sharma was asked about the same in the press conference. The Indian captain said, “We haven’t decided on the XI. Anyone from the 15 can play. We will assess the wicket and decide on. We have to look at the wicket and then decide, of course, the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition.” Ashwin will also add more batting depth because he is better than the current Indian bowlers.
On the other hand, Australia has found it tough to face spinners. They didn’t have the answer against India in Chennai, and even in the semi-final against South Africa, they had tough times. Ashwin also has great numbers against Australian batters, especially against left-handers, where he is more lethal. He wasn’t picked in the WTC Final 2023, and India paid for it. So what should be India’s combination?