World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar wants Virat Kohli-led India to make these two changes in the playing XI against New Zealand

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Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has a piece of advice for Team India captain Virat Kohli before the semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand in Manchester on Tuesday.

Tendulkar had played six ODI World cups for India but captained in none. However, all the captains use to take his advise and valuable suggestions during the matches.

Talking to India Today, the Master Blaster said, “Jadeja is one option I would like to throw on the table to team management. I feel if Dinesh Karthik is going to bat at No. 7 then possible Jadeja could be an option there because his left-arm spin can come in handy. In a big match, you would want a cover-up because we are playing just five bowlers.”

Also, Tendulkar said that he would be very tempted to bring in Mohammed Shami since the fast bowler was very good at the same venue – Old Trafford. Shami was rested against Sri Lanka, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not impressive and could be axed in favour of Shami.

“I would also be tempted to bring back Mohammed Shami because against West Indies he was good on the same venue. When we talk about Old Trafford there are pleasant experiences for Shami, he came back into the team and picked up wickets. So I would be tempted to have him back,” Tendulkar said.

The Men in Blue have won seven of their nine league matches – with India vs New Zealand group clash having been washed off – and everything has been falling in place for the 2011 World Champions throughout the tournament.

On the other hand, Black Caps, who had been on top of the points table in the first two weeks of the ongoing World Cup, suffered a dip towards the end of the league stage and were the last to book their place in the semi-finals.

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