India’s bowling lineup for the World Test Championship final is practically certain.

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World Test Championship final: The pitch curator at Ageas Bowl stated that the surface will offer “pace, bounce, and carry” on the first three days, with spinners getting some help on the last two.

The Indian team management has practically selected the playing XI for the World Test Championship final, which is only four days away. Given that the conditions in England favour pace and swing bowling, there was speculation that India should field four-seamers and one spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin.

The Indian team management has practically selected the playing XI for the World Test Championship final, which is only four days away. Given that the conditions in England favour pace and swing bowling, there was speculation that India should field four-seamers and one spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin. Given that, the Indian squad may proceed with three pacers and two spinners in Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have been crucial Test bowlers for India in recent years.

Who will be India’s third pacer?

With Ravi Shastri and management deciding the bowling combination for the World T20 final against New Zealand, the focus is now on who would be the Indian team’s third pacer in the finals. Given the circumstances in England, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are two obvious choices for India’s speed assault.

When it comes to selecting the third pacer, India would have to choose between Mohammad Siraj, Ishant Sharma, and Shardul Thakur.

Given his expertise in the format and in England’s playing conditions, right-arm Test specialist Ishant emerges as the best pick among the three. Kohli, on the other hand, may wish to consider Hyderabad pacer Mohammad Siraj for the diversity he adds to the bowling attack. Shardul Thakur, on the other hand, maybe a good decision, given his ability to contribute with the bat as well as act as a night watchman for the Kohli-led squad.

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