Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has backed left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav as the third spinner ahead of Axar Patel for the upcoming five-match Test series against England. According to Harbhajan, while Kuldeep has better skills and quality than Axar, the latter might get the preference on rank turners since he provides batting ability.
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has made an interesting comment, stating that he would prefer Ravichandran Ashwin over Kuldeep Yadav in India’s playing XI during the upcoming World Cup. Kuldeep has been brilliant for India in ODIs this year. In fact, he is the leading Indian wicket-taker in 2023, with 33 scalps. The left-arm wrist-spinner was also the Player of the Match in the Asia Cup that India won.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has stated that he doesn’t have any regrets over terming Kuldeep Yadav India’s No. 1 overseas spinner in 2019. Recently, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had stated in an interview to The Cricket Monthly that he felt crushed after hearing Shastri’s statement on Kuldeep. The left-arm spinner had claimed a five-for in the Sydney Test of 2019 while Ashwin was ruled out with an injury.
Indian captain for the last three Tests in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane, gave a pep talk to the team after the famous three-wicket win at the Gabba, which saw India clinch the Test series 2-1. Addressing the team in the dressing room, Rahane described the victory as a major moment for everyone, and put it down to teamwork.
India’s historic Test series win in Australia during the 2018-19 tour is often played down since the Aussies were forced to field a weakened team in the absence of suspended David Warner and Steve Smith. India went on to clinch the series 2-1, with Cheteshwar Pujara putting up a heroic batting show and Jasprit Bumrah leading from the front with the ball. Even so, critics have often pointed out to the fact that India won against an under-strength Australia. That’s not all, some have even termed India’s triumph as ‘lucky’
India have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series against West Indies, with the first game being washed out. However, they will be keen to clinch the series with a win in the final ODI at Trinidad. While the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant remains a worry for India going into the final match, there are a few others on the verge of impressive records