India vs England series: Former legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes that Kuldeep Yadav, who has been on the bench for a long time now, could finally be called in to play in the second Test against England. Gavaskar has revealed that Nadeem seemed a little too nervous for the big occasion in the opening Test against England. However, he said Sundar showcased that he deserved a place in the XI with his gritty 85-run knock in the first innings.
Gavaskar said that the mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav could be picked in the next Test kick-starting on February 13 at the same venue. He could bring back in place of either Shahbaz Nadeem or Washington Sundar but went on to add but Sundar deserves a place in the team for his all-round abilities.
After losing the first Test, Indian skipper Virat Kohli being asked about the reasons behind Kuldeep Yadav's exclusion, and the India skipper said that he does not regret the decision despite the heavy 227-run loss at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
On Tuesday, chasing a mammoth 420-run target on Day 5 at Chennai, India could only manage to score 192 all-out in 58.1 overs and eventually lost the game at the hands of England. Now, Virat Kohli-led Team India will be looking forward to come back strongly for the upcoming Test to be played at the same venue on February 13.
“Maybe in the hindsight, they could have included Kuldeep Yadav a bit of variety. Because you have two off-spinners Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin is slower in the air and Sundar is slightly quicker. But it was difficult to drop Sundar after his heroics in the Brisbane game. And he showed that he deserved a place in the team with his 85 not-out in the first innings,'' said Gavaskar.
“Maybe they will bring Kuldeep Yadav for the next Test in place of Nadeem or Washington Sundar, whoever it is. But they need to look at dismissing England for lesser than what they scored this around,” Sunil Gavaskar said on Star Sports Network after England’s win on Tuesday,'' he added.
“I think, Shahbaz Nadeem got just a little bit of nervous. I’m not even talking about the way he bowls but the no-balls it’s always an indication that the bowler is a little too anxious. And particularly spinner anxious to get it going. And when that happens, you tend to overstep.
“It happened with Ashwin as well. After a long time, he bowled a no-ball. So yes, those are the areas India to need to look at,” Gavaskar further added.