Before the first Test match to be played against Australia, a big question regarding the playing-11 of Team India is that who will be the third spinner of the team.
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The four-match Test series between India and Australia is starting on February 9. Before this match, there are many questions regarding the playing-11 of Team India. Team India’s landing with three spinners seems certain. In such a situation, a big question is that who will be these three spinners. Out of this, two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are sure to play. But there is a question about who will be the third spinner. Team India has two options regarding the third spinner. These include the names of Akshar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav. Former India coach Ravi Shastri has now given his opinion about it.
Shastri believes that the home team’s performance against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will largely depend on the form of veteran spinner Ashwin. He said that Ashwin should avoid over-planning in this four-match Border-Gavaskar series.
Said this about Ashwin
Under Shastri’s coach, the Indian team had won two consecutive Test series in Australia. He advocated the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav as the third spinner in the team. Shastri told PTI-language in an interview organized by Star Sports, the official broadcaster of this series, you do not want Ashwin to plan excessively. If he can stick to the plan, it will be enough, he is a very important player in these circumstances. His form will decide the course of this series. Ashwin will contribute with the ball as well as with the bat.
Shastri said, if Ashwin is in good form then it can decide the result of the series. He is a world class player in different conditions but in Indian conditions he is even more lethal. If the pitch helps the ball and the ball spins, it will trouble most of the batsmen. In such a situation, you do not want him to overthink and try different things. He has to play his natural game and the pitch will do the rest. The pitch helps a lot in India.
Told this choice for the third spinner
He took the name of Kuldeep without losing time on a question related to a third spinner of PTI-language. He said, as far as the third spinner is concerned, I would like to see Kuldeep playing. Jadeja and Akshar are very similar bowlers. Kuldeep is different. If you lose the toss on the first day, you need someone who can get you wickets.
He said, Kuldeep has the ability to rotate the ball the most on the first day of the match. If the bowlers do not get much help from the pitch, then the importance of Kuldeep will increase further.