R Sridhar, India’s fielding coach, has hinted at probable alterations to the declared XI

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While it is always possible to change the team before the toss, it was unclear whether India could do so after announcing their selection the day before. R Sridhar, India’s fielding coach, has hinted at probable alterations to the declared XI

Despite the fact that Team India declared XI on the eve of the ICC World Test Championship final on Thursday, there was no play on Day 1 of the summit battle owing to rain and a soggy outfield.

In the midst of this, rumours about probable alterations to India’s XI surfaced when Virat Kohli gave the okay to a team with two spinners, although they will be successful only in dry conditions, contrary to what we witnessed from the visuals on Day 1.

While it is always possible to change the team before the toss, it was unclear whether India could do the same. However, India’s fielding coach has suggested that the squad may make some adjustments before the toss if they deem it essential.

If a choice must be made, it will be made: Sridhar

“The toss has not yet occurred, but if a decision has to be made, it will be made,” Sridhar said during a press conference after play was halted on Day 1. Based on the rainy circumstances, India may still consider Mohammed Siraj or Umesh Yadav in place of either Ravindra Jadeja or Ravichandran Ashwin.

Meanwhile, the session times for Day 2 have been altered following the cancellation of the game on Friday. While the first session will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (IST), the second and third sessions will take place from 5:40 to 7:40 pm (IST) and 8:00 to 10.30-11:00 pm (IST), respectively. The reserve day will also be used, with the total number of overs lost over the five days bowled on that day.

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Also see: India announce Playing XI on eve of World Test Championship final against New Zealand

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