IND vs PAK: The cricketing world is abuzz with anticipation as Team India gears up to face arch-rivals Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup encounter. One of the most debated topics among fans and experts alike is the selection dilemma for the number-8 spot in the Indian line-up. Will it be Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, or Mohammed Shami? Here’s our take on the situation.

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The Contenders for Number-8 Position

With the next high-voltage clash scheduled on October 14 at the grand Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, both India and Pakistan are entering with the confidence of two successive wins each. The challenge for the Indian team management is to choose the right player for the pivotal number-8 position, with three strong contenders in the fray.

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Previous Match Selections

IND vs PAK: In the previous game, the Indian think-tank opted for Shardul Thakur over the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin. While this decision was a surprise for many, there were whispers in the cricketing corridors about the potential inclusion of Mohammed Shami, who has been in good form lately.

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Mohammed Shami’s Track Record

Among the trio, Mohammed Shami’s record against Pakistan stands out. In the 3 ODI matches he played against our neighbours, Shami has delivered 28 overs, conceding 107 runs. His tally of 5 wickets against them with a commendable best of 4 for 35 showcases his potential impact in such high-pressure games.

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The Ashwin Advantage

IND vs PAK: The vast expanse of the Narendra Modi Stadium may tempt skipper Rohit Sharma to lean towards the spin option of Ravichandran Ashwin. A bigger boundary implies that batsmen might find it challenging to clear the ropes against spin, and Ashwin’s rich experience against Pakistan batsmen can come in handy. Additionally, Ashwin’s batting prowess ensures that he isn’t a slouch with the bat, lending depth to the Indian batting order.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin

The Shardul Thakur Conundrum

Shardul Thakur’s inclusion offers a dual advantage – his ability to mix slow deliveries with medium pace and his handy batting skills. Given the current formidable form of the Indian batting lineup, the need for an all-rounder at number 8 might not be pressing. This might pave the way for a more specialized bowler, like Mohammed Shami, to be drafted in.

IND vs PAK: While speculation and analysis are rife, the final decision rests with the team management and captain Rohit Sharma. The toss and the subsequent team announcement will finally reveal who gets the nod for the much-anticipated India vs Pakistan clash. Whichever way the decision goes, fans are in for a thrilling contest.

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