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WC 2019: Sachin Tendulkar backs Jadeja and Shami to play in the semi-final
By Shruti - Jul 8, 2019 10:04 pm
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India have been doing wonders in the ongoing ICC World Cup where they sealed the top spot in the points table and all set to take on New Zealand in the semi-finals on July 9 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. However, their group league game was washed off. India will come from two consecutive wins whereas New Zealand have lost their last three games. However, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said that the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja can be the sixth bowler for India as they are playing only five bowlers.

Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja

“Jadeja is one option I would like to throw on the table to team management. I feel if Dinesh Karthik is going to bat at No. 7 then possible Jadeja could be an option there because his left-arm spin can come in handy. In a big match you would want a cover-up because we are playing just 5 bowlers,” Sachin Tendulkar was quoted as saying in India Today.

Sachin also wants India to include Mohammed Shami in the playing eleven. He has taken has 14 wickets so far from four games but was rested in the final game against Sri Lanka in Leeds. Sachin, however, backed him, saying that he did well in the league match against the Windies at the same venue. Shami finished with figures of 4-16 in that game.

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“I would also be tempted to bring back Mohammed Shami because against West Indies he was good at the same venue. When we talk about Old Trafford there are pleasant experiences for Shami, he came back into the team and picked up wickets. So I would be tempted to have him back,” he added.

Before the all-important game, Kohli and the India team management need to chose their best eleven as Shami has been doing good. On the other hand, their first-choice pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not in a good form and giving away runs as well.