Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who’s commentating at the ongoing collection in England, desires India to play two spinners in the second one Take a look at at Lord’s from Thursday. Talking at an tournament in London, Harbhajan was once specific in suggesting the workforce control didn’t learn the prerequisites at Edgbaston, resulting in their 31-run defeat. “India made a mistake even at Edgbaston going with one spinner,” he mentioned. “They might have long gone with Kuldeep Yadav as an alternative of Hardik Pandya even at Edgbaston, the place the prerequisites have been dry, the wicket was once dry, the place you realize the solar goes to be out. So, India, they did not learn the prerequisites smartly. They went forward opting for 4 speedy bowlers and one spinner which did not assist them.”
Hardik Pandya bowled simplest 10 overs within the first Take a look at, all of which got here within the first innings, with skipper Virat Kohli no longer wanting to show to him in the second one as his best 4 bowlers blended to brush aside England 180 in simply 53 overs. India’s simplest spinner within the XI, R Ashwin, claimed seven wickets within the fit.
The bottom body of workers at Edgbaston ensured the pitch was once watered sufficient which avoided the spinners from getting an excessive amount of acquire and regardless of the elements being anticipated to chill down at Lord’s, prerequisites will have to nonetheless stay conducive to spin bowling. Therefore Harbhajan was once adamant on enjoying an extra spinner and sponsored left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav to get the nod over the extra skilled Ravindra Jadeja.
“He (Kuldeep) will create possibilities,” Harbhajan mentioned. “He bowls googlies, legspin with the left hand. At the first day, assume India have been to lose the toss and they’re nonetheless bowling (on the finish of the day), this man will create possibilities on a just right monitor. Proper hander or left-hander, Kuldeep is the man as a result of he (can) spin the ball each techniques.”
First Printed: August 7, 2018, 2:30 PM IST