India yet to take a call about Jadeja and Ashwin
While the Indian cricket fraternity is divided at the moment over the decision of playing either Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja in the second Test against New Zealand, the India head coach Ravi Shastri informed that they have not taken a decision just yet.
“We will take a call about Jadeja and Ashwin tomorrow,” said Shastri ahead of the Christchurch Test beginning from Saturday (February 29).
Shastri also added that the spinner Ashwin would want to improve his batting in time to come.
“He (Ashwin) is a world-class bowler, there is no doubt about it. We have to be sure that we pick the right side for the right conditions and see what a player can bring to the table.
“He has bowled well over the years. If anything he would be disappointed with his batting, he would want to improve his batting in time to come.”
Shastri explained why they are holding the decision to take until the match day, “You have to see how much a role spinner has in the game. You have to assess everything like will the second innings be important, his batting, and fielding.”
The India coach also addressed the issue of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant playing in the first Test in place of the much experienced Wriddhiman Saha.
“We went for Saha in India as there were turning tracks. Saha is one of the best around. But when you come here, there is not much of spin bowling. The emphasis is on fast bowling and batting. Rishabh, being an attacking batsman in the lower order, helps him in his selection.”