“Play Virat No. 3?” – R Ashwin speaks of Team India’s combination ahead of T20 World Cup 2024 Final

The D-day is finally here when India will be taking on South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2024 Final at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. While the Men in Blue will aim to end their trophy drought, the Protea Men will eye their maiden World Cup title across formats.

Ahead of the all-important clash, ace Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin opened up on Team India’s combination on the big occasion. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ashwin opined that India should not make changes to their winning lineup. Although batting stalwart Virat Kohli’s form has been one of massive concern for the Rohit Sharma-led side, he feels he is a player of big matches.

“Everyone is saying that we should open Jaiswal, instead of Dube and play Virat No. 3. Why fix something that’s not broken? Rishabh is playing in No. 3. As far as I know, it’s not a debate,” Ashwin said while speaking on his YouTube channel ahead of the finale in Barbados. 

You don’t want to break anything: Robin Uthappa

Former India cricketer Robin Uthappa stood in favour of R Ashwin’s decision of not tinkering any changes to match-winning team. “No chance, bro. If someone has played cricket at a high level, he knows how important the energy of a group is. Especially when you come into a final. You don’t want to fix. You don’t want to break anything. What has taken you till that point, you want to back that,” Uthappa said. 

“I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Virat is going to play a match-winning innings in this game. For me, he is a big match player. There is no bigger match. As far as I know, you won’t get a bigger match like this in T20s,” he further added.

India’s squad for T20 World Cup 2024:

Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

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