Meanwhile, the selectors dropped out-of-form Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav for the last two Tests. Kuldeep Yadav returned wicketless at Trent Bridge as he failed to replicate his limited-overs series. Furthermore, they brought in young batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari.
However, Shane Warne feels Kuldeep Yadav would have been a handy customer at Southampton and Oval. He feels India could have ripped results with this wrist spin on those spin-friendly tracks.
“Kuldeep is very good. It’s a shame that he has been sent back to India. He should have played this Test and the next one at the Oval where it spins. With a bit of wrist spin and a bit of mystery, he would have had a lot of success,” Shane Warne said to TOI.
The legendary spinner, however, believes Ravichandran Ashwin should bring news ways to prosper in challenging wickets. Ashwin enjoyed a fair bit of success in the first Test bagging seven wickets, despite having a seam-friendly wicket.
“As far as Ashwin is concerned, he should be a bit more patient. He has to understand five wickets won’t come every day and he has to find ways to do well in conditions that don’t suit him,” Shane Warne notes.
Shane Warne delightful with re-emergence of wrist spinners
The 48-year-old cricketer expressed his content with re-growth of wrist-spinners in international cricket. However, noted the batsmen from the current generation are also not good players of spin.
It’s great that spin bowling can be a big weapon in all conditions, not just wrist spinners but finger spinners, left-arm spinners too. But I have to say batsmen of today are not playing spin bowling that well and that includes Indians,” Shane Warne concluded.