BIG UPDATE | India fielding coach R Sridhar hints at possible changes in announced XI

While there is always the possibility of changing the team before the toss, there was no clarity on whether India could do the same having announced their side a day before.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 18 June 2021 10:21 pm

Although Team India announced its playing XI on the eve of the ICC World Test Championship final on Thursday, no play was possible on Day 1 of the summit clash due to rains and wet outfield. Amid this, there arose speculations regarding possible changes in India’s XI since Virat Kohli had given the nod to a side with two spinners but they will prove effective only in dry conditions contrary to what we saw from the visuals on Day 1.

While there is always the possibility of changing the team before the toss, there was no clarity on whether India could do the same. But now, India’s fielding coach has hinted that the team could make some changes in the team if they feel necessary before the toss.

If there's a decision to be taken, it will be taken: Sridhar

“The toss has not yet taken place but if there's a decision to be taken, it will be taken,” Sridhar said after play was called off on Day 1 at a press conference. This implies that India could still include either Mohammed Siraj or Umesh Yadav in place of either Ravindra Jadeja or Ravichandran Ashwin based on the wet conditions on offer.

Meanwhile, the session timings for Day 2 have been revised after the play was called off on Friday. While the first session will be from 3:00-5:00 pm (IST), the second and third session will be from 5:40 pm- 7:40 pm (IST) and 8:00 pm to 10.30-11:00 pm (IST), respectively. The reserve day will also come into play, with the cumulative of overs lost over the five days being bowled in that day.

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