Will Ashwin become Rohit Sharma’s unexpected weapon in World Cup final?

India is gearing up to face the formidable Australia in the highly anticipated 2023 Men’s Cricket World Cup final today. The decisive match is scheduled to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

According to reports, the pitch is considerably drier, potentially favoring spinners. This has led to speculation that Indian captain Rohit Sharma might introduce a twist by including R Ashwin in the playing XI.

Yesterday, Captain Rohit Sharma examined the pitch for the second consecutive day and noticed a slight difference from the track they played on against Pakistan on October 14. Comparing the two, he remarked, “That wicket (Pakistan game), there was no grass on it. This wicket has some grass on it. That wicket looked a lot drier than this one – I don’t know, maybe you know, I still haven’t looked today how the wicket is, but from my understanding obviously it’s slightly going to be on the slower side.”

“It’s not going to change too much, but it’s always nice to see the pitch on the day of the game and then assess what you want to do,” he added.

Pritesh Joshi, currently serving as a side-arm specialist for the Australian team, also noted the dryness of the pitch, suggesting it could assist spinners. Joshi recommended that teams opt to bat first, anticipating increased spin later in the game. He further advised India to include spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to counter left-handed openers David Warner and Travis Head.

“The pitch looks dry. The ball can spin. If a team wins the toss and chooses to bat first, it would be better. Because later on, the possibility of the ball spinning would be higher. The wicket has a bit of grass on it. In the first innings, a score of 300-350 could be made,” he said.Incidentally, Ashwin was part of the Playing XI when India beat Australia in group stage. In the October 8 match, Indian spinners, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav took six wickets collectively to bowl out Australia for just 199 in 49.3 overs.However, there is speculation that Rohit is unlikely to make changes to the winning combination.

Potential Squad:

India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Prasidh Krishna, Suryakumar Yadav.

Australia Squad: Pat Cummins (C), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.

With agency inputs

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