England didn’t lose to a team named India, they lost to a man named Kuldeep Yadav. The 23-year chinaman has left the England team shattered with his quintessential piece of bowling in the ongoing series and has also managed to rake in some career-best figures in the process of butchering down the English unit.
With two more ODI games to go before the start of most anticipated Test series, Kuldeep would give in whatever it takes, to make his appearance felt in India’s playing XI vs England in tests.
Let’s have a look at why Kuldeep Yadav’s inclusion in the tests could be a by default option for the Men in Blue.
3 reasons why Kuldeep Yadav will be playing the test series vs England
His present form scares the bejesus out of English batsmen
Kuldeep Yadav’s present form must be kept in mind, before zeroing down on the selection of the Test playing XI. He has been in a prolific form in the 2 T20is and 1 ODI that he was a part of, and has managed to clinch 18 scalps under his belt in those 3 games.
His 24-5 in the game at Manchester and 25-6 in the game at Nottingham were an exhibition of his finesse in the shorter formats of the game, regardless of spinner-friendly pitches.
He is only 5 wickets away from reaching 50 wickets in ODI cricket, and if he happens to do so in the ongoing series, then he’d become the fastest Indian cricketer to reach the milestone in the white ball cricket.
With 2 more games to wrap up the ODI series, Kuldeep would have to notch up few more breathtaking spells to cement his place for the tests.
Also, his inclusion in the playing XI, along with the likes of Jadeja and Ashwin would help the Indian team to form a deadly spin trio in the English conditions, something that the cricketing world might not have seen in the recent years.
It’s time for him to don the whites once again!
There are occasions when you know if a person is a right pick for a job, and it’s time to hand over the responsibility to him to carry out the proceedings. Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav is currently under a similar space. His performance in the ongoing series has made him a reliable name for the upcoming test series.
One won’t know how good or worse he could be in the challenging and gruelling conditions unless subjected to some. If Kohli feels that time has come for the left arm chinaman to don the whites in the English conditions, then he must straightaway go in with his instincts.
It’s always better to have an oops, rather than what if. Until and unless Kuldeep faces such opponents, testing pitches and conditions, Neither Kohli nor Kuldeep himself would realize the potential that could be unearthed from him.
And sometimes, it is all about taking that leap of faith, regardless of the outcome. Even if Kuldeep fails to deliver, no issues, he would surely find ways to work on his skills, and if by some means the gamble pays off, then Indian team would surely become a formidable presence in the English conditions.
Wickets ticking form both ends
The most common issue that Indian team faces during the test matches, is the inability of their bowlers to put the opposition under submission from both the ends. As a result, the opposition team players manage to find a soft spot in the bowling unit, target a particular bowler’s spell, and prance onto the bowler, thus getting valuable runs in the process.
With Kuldeep’s inclusion into the unit, Indian team might emerge successful in sealing off the leakage of runs from one end. The variety in his style of bowling, coupled with the experience of Jadeja or Ashwin could certainly help the Indian unit in ripping off the middle order and tail-enders before they end up stealing away the game from them.
Source: The Free Express