New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The first day of the World Test Championship on Friday washed away due to continuous rainfall at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Now on the second day, the match is expected to begin at the scheduled time as the weather conditions are better today. Meanwhile, a debate over the change in India's playing XI has been going on since yesterday.

The fickle English weather means that temperatures would go down and there would be overcast conditions and after a day of frustrating wait and no toss, a question was asked if India would still like to go in with three pacers and two specialist spinners.

Clarifying the team's stand on the debate, India's fielding coach R Sridhar ruled out the possibility of a change in the playing XI after the opening day of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand was washed out, insisting that the chosen players are capable of making conditions irrelevant.

"I was expecting this to be the first question. The eleven that has been announced is eleven that takes conditions out of the equation," Sridhar said as quoted by news agency PTI.

"I think its the eleven which can play and perform on any given surface and any given weather conditions. This eleven that has been put on park. If need be, a decision will be taken," he added.

The first day's play being abandoned means that if required, four hours of play will be possible on the sixth day which is reserved for a result. "It's trial and refinement with experience that ICC has got in organising matches and they know what it is about. And we all know how the English weather is," Sridhar said.

"I think they have been prudent and wise. As it is, if play starts on time, we are looking at four hours of play on the reserve day. "That's going to make it a complete match and that's what the viewers and audience want, a complete game," he added.

On the players' front, Sridhar feels that Shubman Gill, irrespective of an underwhelming England series and the below-par first phase of IPL, has looked in good nick. "Shubman Gill is a million-dollar cricketer. He is batting brilliantly now. I am not in a position to give you technical details as that will be an answer better given by (batting coach) Vikram (Rathour)," he said.

"I have given him throwdowns and seen him bat. He is looking in good nick and looking for an excellent mindset. He is clear about his role and gameplan. He is an exciting prospect for India in long term and I just can't wait to watch him play," the fielding coach added.

 

(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan