Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar believes the hosts may bring Kuldeep Yadav for the next Test match against England.
The Virat Kohli-led team lost the first Test match by a massive margin of 227 runs and they will look to bounce back in the second match. Gavaskar believes adding Kuldeep Yadav will bring variety to the Indian spin bowling attack.
Yadav has a plethora of variations under his belt and he has the skills to breathe down the neck of the opposition batsmen. Kuldeep has produced decent numbers while playing in the Indian conditions as he has scalped 14 wickets in the three-Test matches at an average of 24.29.
Gavaskar expects Kuldeep to replace either Washington Sundar or Shahbaz Nadeem. There are good chances that Kuldeep could replace Shahbaz Nadeem as Washington Sundar had scored a fine knock of 85 runs in the first innings of the first Test match.
Sunil Gavaskar said while speaking to Star Sports, “Maybe in the hindsight, they could have included Kuldeep Yadav for a bit of variety. Because you have two off-spinners Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin, Maybe they will bring Kuldeep Yadav for the next Test in place of Nadeem or Washington Sundar, whoever it is. But they need to look at dismissing England for lesser than what they scored this around.”
On the other hand, Virat Kohli revealed that Kuldeep Yadav will be in the team’s schemes in the home season. Kohli added that Kuldeep has drastically improved his skills and he is much fitter than he was before.
“Someone like Kuldeep hasn’t had a lot of game time but now that the home season starts, he will in the scheme of things, he will be in the team plans, but to keep guys motivated you need to give them goals,” said Virat Kohli.
“Kuldeep is someone who has got a lot of skill. He understands there were areas in his game that he had to work on, which he has worked in beautifully in Australia. I see him, fitter, I see his bowling improved much more than it was before,” added the Indian captain.
A lot of cricket boffins believe that Kuldeep was unfortunate to miss out in the final XI. The left-arm wrist-spinner was surprisingly left out in the Gabba Test match against Australia despite the absence of front-line bowlers. Furthermore, Kuldeep Yadav was once again excluded from the final playing XI in the first Test match against England.
The second Test match begins on February 13 at the same venue of MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.