Former India spinner Murali Kartik feels that India should play two spinners in the first Test against Australia with youngster Prithvi Shaw as the opener with KL Rahul.
Kartik feels that for the first Test, India will go with two spinners and R Ashwin will be the first choice. He noted that it is a very tough one to pick either Kuldeep or Jadeja. But he feels that if we look at Ravindra Jadeja’s performance in Test cricket, there is no reason for him to get dropped.
He revealed that there are days when the ball spins in Australia because there are hard wickets and the wear and tear happens, the bowlers’ footmarks also create a rough patch on the pitch.
From that point of view, depending upon the surface, the former India cricketer said that he will still go with Ravindra Jadeja as he has not done anything wrong to not get a place.
He pointed out that at the Oval, Jadeja did all he could both with ball and the bat. All of these things add for the continuity which is very important for the team. He explained that he would go with Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja.
The left-arm spinner stated that it is tough to say whether Rohit should play or not. He feels it will depend on how he goes in T20s and what conditions are. He explained that India needs 2 spinners and 3 seamers or vice-versa, how do you fit Rohit in the team because both Ashwin and Jadeja can bat. It will be interesting to see if he plays.
Kartik feels that Shaw should open with Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane will be there in the middle order. He also thinks that it will be interesting to see how Pant fares in this series.