Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja huge weapons for India in Champions Trophy: Michael Clarke to India Today

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke on Friday said spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be India’s key weapons in the Champions Trophy next month in England.WATCH: India have the firepower to defend Champions Trophy title, Michael Clarke tells India TodaySpeaking exclusively to India Today, Clarke said India definitely have the firepower to defend the Champions Trophy title which they won in 2013.”Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are going to be two huge weapons for India in England depending on the weather conditions there. If they are getting good summer, the wickets will be dry and I think spin will play a part. Even if it swings there, I think India have got quality fast bowlers whom they can utilise,” Clarke told India Today. (Shikhar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma ideal opening pair for India in Champions Trophy: VVS Laxman to India Today)Clarke also said that the Indian Premier League is a good opportunity for the players to prepare for the Champions Trophy, which begins on June 1.”I feel India have the firepower to defend the Champions Trophy title. I feel the Indian Premier League as the preparation leading to the Champions Trophy is fantastic for the all the players involved. There’s absolutely no doubt that India will be well prepared. They have got good enough players,” he said.Clarke said opener KL Rahul’s absence will be a big loss but added that India have the players to replace him.”I think if KL Rahul is not completely fit, India will not pick him. It is a big loss but India have got replacements. I think Rohit Sharma needs to play and open for India. And then I think the selectors will go for Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane’s technique if the ball is swinging is conducive to England, he is a good player of both fast and spin and offers a lot on the field.advertisement”No brainer at No.3… Virat Kohli as captain, Yuvraj Singh at No.4. I think Yuvraj has earned his place, he is experienced. I would go with MS Dhoni at No.5. He is experienced and he’s still the best keeper in the Indian team. At No.6, I would pick Manish Pandey and then Kedar Jadhav at No.7.”Ashwin and Jadeja will be my two spinners and my four quicks would be Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who continues to show that he can play in all three formats. Then it’s Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami,” he said.last_img

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