The final match of the ICC World Test Championship series between the Indian cricket team and the England cricket team will get underway tomorrow at Edgbaston. Former Indian cricket team opener Wasim Jaffer recently shared his playing XI for the big game in Birmingham. Interestingly, Jaffer picked two spin bowlers in the team and left out Shardul Thakur.
In India’s last Test match on English soil, pace-bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur starred for the visitors. He scored two half-centuries with the bat and did an impressive job with the ball to help the Indian cricket team win the London Test match and gain a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Taking to Twitter after BCCI confirmed that Jasprit Bumrah will captain the Indian cricket team in the fifth Test against the England cricket team, Wasim Jaffer shared the following playing XI for India:
Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (c) and Mohammed Siraj.
My playing XI for Edgbaston:
What's yours? #ENGvIND
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) June 30, 2022
Wasim Jaffer thinks Hardik Pandya is not yet ready to play Test cricket for India
In a recent chat with ESPNCricinfo, former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer shared his opinion on whether Hardik Pandya should be recalled to the Indian Test squad. He thought Pandya is not ready yet and said:
“Hardik bowling 15 to 18 overs a day, you don’t see that happening [due to] the kind of back-surgery he had. Will he bat at four or five? I don’t see that happening in red-ball cricket. So in that sense, he’s far away from getting into the red-ball circuit.”
Wasim Jaffer concluded by saying that the selectors should only pick him in the white-ball squads and let him bat at number four, five, or six, bowling around four to 10 overs for the Men in Blue.