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Ravi Shastri Provides Clarification On India’s Playing XI For Second Test

After India’s massive loss against New Zealand in the first Test match in Wellington, a lot of selection decisions have come under the scanner. India preferred Prithvi Shaw ahead of Shubman Gill as the opening partner for Mayank Agarwal. The decision did not come good as Shaw failed to contribute much with the bat in both the innings. Another big call was the selection of Rishabh Pant ahead of Wriddhiman Saha.

Earlier, there were reports that Shaw suffered a swollen foot and thus, missed the practice session. However, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has clarified that Shaw is fit and ready to go for the second and final Test against New Zealand in Christchurch starting from February 29. Shastri also mentioned that they are still to take a call on the selection of the spinner in between Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja.

“We will take a call about Jadeja and Ashwin tomorrow. 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,” quoted Ravi Shastri.

“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,” he added.