Who is the ideal second spinner for Lord’s Test?
Backing on his stellar form, many pundits were advocating for Kuldeep Yadav’s inclusion in the playing XI for the opening match against England, but India chose to go with Ashwin (one spinner) and four pacers.
The tried and tested formula worked for the visitors as the bowlers picked 20 scalps in the first Test match. However, this hasn’t silenced the debate for a change in the bowling department for the second Test slated to begin on Thursday at Lord’s.
Giving his opinion on the matter, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly gave his nod for the inclusion of Kuldeep as the second spinner instead of more experienced Ravindra Jadeja.
The Lord’s wickets are expected to give some assistance to the spinners because of the dry wickets of the ground. London has witnessed constant sunshine over the past two months, and that has made the pitched dry and hard. Thus the option of including an extra spinner is being pushed.
Kuldeep should be picked ahead of Jadeja: Ganguly
Ganguly mentioned in a column that India should consider the option of fielding a second spinner with Kuldeep Yadav being his preferred choice over Jadeja to accompany Ashwin.
“England has roped in Ollie Pope to counter the offspin of R Ashwin. India should think about having a second spinner at Lord’s. It has been very hot, and historically spins receive benefit from the pitch at Lord’s. As far as I am concerned, I believe Kuldeep Yadav would be the right choice. Although England will be without Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes will balance the side very well,” Ganguly wrote.
India’s one of the most successful captains overseas, Ganguly also heaped praises on Ravichandran Ashwin backing him for exhibiting a top-notch performance for his side.
“India’s bowling attack is India’s most positive aspect. All the bowlers performed very well in the first Test at Edgbaston,” he wrote.
If Kuldeep makes it to the team, Hardik Pandya might be axed from playing XI. The all-rounder failed to pick scalps in the first Test and was an unused bowler in the second innings.