Former Indian spinner Erapalli Prasanna has said that young spinner Kuldeep Yadav can be considered as a good option by the selectors after the Chinaman bowler impressed everyone with his brilliant performance during the first match of Duleep Trophy.

With the pink ball, Kuldeep finished with match figures of 9/120. In the process, Kuldeep also registered his first 5-wicket haul in first-class cricket, and his efforts helped his team — India Red register a comprehensive 219-run win over India Green.

“I saw him bowling in the Duleep Trophy match the other day. He is good like Brad Hogg. He certainly adds to the variety and the selectors can certainly look at him as an option,” Prasanna said.

A bumper home season awaits the Indian team, where they are scheduled to play 13 Tests and former Indian left-arm spinner and selector Venkatpati Raju said that if more bowlers perform like Yadav then India will have a very strong bench strength. Currently, the Indian team will not look to experiment with its squad as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravinder Jadeja have been performing brilliantly in the longest format.

“India have a long season ahead of them. If more spinners start performing like this, it is good news for Indian cricket,” said Raju.

Both Prasanna and Raju don’t mind having two left-armers in the team. “If the bowling combination can help the captain get those 20 wickets quickly, I don’t think anyone will mind,” Raju said.

Kuldeep hogged the limelights when he took a hat-trick in U-19 world cup a couple of years ago and ever since he made his way into the Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy squad two seasons ago, he has been consistent. Spending time with Australian chinaman bowler Brad Hogg during IPL has also helped him to develop new skills, most notably a potent flipper.

On the other hand, the Left-arm spinner, Jadeja has been performing brilliantly on Indian pitches but he struggles once the conditions do not suit him so Kuldeep might become one of the options for the Indian team.

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