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Ayaz Memon

Captain Kohli and coach Shastri will have to work hard in choosing the playing 11 for the Test Championship final against New Zealand starting June 18. Should there be two spinners in the XI or one? If there were three fast bowlers to choose from, who would they be? Who will be Rohit’s opening partner? Picking the spinners will probably be the biggest problem. The team has two veteran spinners in the form of Ashwin and Jadeja while two new spinners in Washington and Axar are included in the team.
Hard to ignore Ashwin with his experience and current form
Due to Ashwin’s experience and current form, he is at the forefront of the race to be selected in the team. If two spinners are selected, Ashwin’s place is confirmed. There will be a tough fight between left-hander Jadeja and Akshar. Jadeja was injured in the home series against England. Akshar took 27 wickets in 3 Tests. However, I believe Jadeja will be elected. His international experience, consistency with both bat and ball keep him ahead. Looking at the conditions in England, it only demands one spinner. Even if Ashwin lags behind Jadeja from the fielding point of view, his performances in Australia and England last season cannot be ignored.
It will be difficult to pick fast bowlers
Picking fast bowlers will also be a difficult task. There are 6 fast bowlers in the team Bumrah, Ishant, Shami, Siraj, Shardul, Umesh. My picks are Bumrah, Ishant, Shami and Siraj. Siraj may have to sit out of this. Bumrah is one of the top 3 bowlers in the world. It is difficult to face his strange action, consistency.

Ishant is in the best form. He has 15 years of experience in International. Shami is one of the most efficient fast bowlers in India. If they get the rhythm quickly, they become dangerous for the opponents. He was the most impressive on the last tour of England. Young Siraj has made steady progress since his debut last season. Since it is a World Test Championship, the tour selectors will rely on experience. Especially in bowling.
Gill and Mayank contenders for second opener with Rohit
Gill and Mayank are contenders for the second opener. However, Mayank has lost his place. Yet he has over a decade of first-class cricket experience. When India toured Australia last season, Gill didn’t get much of an opportunity. But now they are being seen as a big opportunity. Even if he could not score big against England. But he has match-winning ability. He has built a good rapport with Rohit. I want to see him walk down the aisle of the Ageas Bowl.
Here is my playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mo Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

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