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“Mohammed Shami has to take his game to another level” – Ricky Ponting

The long-awaited final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC 2021-23) will take place on June 7 at The Oval. Veteran sprinter Mohammed Shami had a fruitful BGT 2023 as he took 9 scalps on spinning tracks. Mohammed Shami had an excellent IPL 2023 season as he took 28 wickets in 17 matches.

The Rohit Sharma pattern would be tested against the Australians as the 2021-23 WTC final would be a completely different ball game compared to BGT 2023. The track at the Oval is expected to be competitive as the surface is under scrutiny from ICC.

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The resurgence of veteran batsman Ajinkya Rahane has meant there is no added responsibility on the likes of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. It would be interesting to see if Ajinkya Rahane plays his brand of natural attacking cricket, the way he played in IPL 2023 for CSK.

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It seems unlikely that left-arm speedster Jaydev Unadkat will get a game in the main clash as there are seasoned activists present in the squad like Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur.

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Australians know Mohammed Shami’s skills: Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting was interacting with ICC and said that Mohammed Shami has to improve his game and take it to another level if India wants to win the game. Ricky Ponting noted that the Australians would come well prepared against him.

“I think Mohammed Shami has to step up or try to take his game to another level if India is going to win this game.” Ricky Ponting said.

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When you also talk to Australian batsmen, they understand how good he is, whether it’s a new or strange ball, whether it’s in Australia or India. They know the abilities he has and how dangerous he can be. It’s going to have to be him.” added.

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