With England looking almost clueless against India’s wrist-spinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal – India skipper Virat Kohli said that the team might be tempted at using either one or both spinners in the upcoming five-match Test series.
England’s frailties against spin has been once again on full display during the first One-day International on Thursday (June 12).
Asked to bat first, England were off to a good start. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy added 71 runs in ten overs. However, the game turned on its head once Kohli introduced Kuldeep at the one end.
The chinaman dismissed Roy on the very second ball of his first over. He went on dismiss Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and David Willey to finish with career-best figures of six for 25.
As a result, England were all out for just 268. In reply, India romped home without appearing to break a sweat thanks to Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 137 and a 75-run knock by Kohli.
Even in the T20Is, Kuldeep had given the hosts a tough time. In the first game, he had taken five for 24 to dismantle the dominant batting force.
And it looks like the performances have brightened up his chances of getting selected in the Test team as Kohli hinted. The India skipper, however, kept the cards close to his chest.
“Anything is possible with the selections for Tests and there might be a few surprises. Kuldeep is making a strong case for himself and so is Chahal. And looking at the way, the English batsmen have struggled against them, we might be tempted to do it,” Kohli said after the win.
“When it comes to the longer game, you need players to make an impact. These two wrist spinners have been making the difference since they have come in. They did it in South Africa in the middle overs. They remain as our key weapons,” Kohli added.
At the same time, the 29-year old Virat Kohli made it clear that the team is focusing on the ODI series at the moment.
“The focus now is winning the next two games. Especially the next game, looking at it from the series perspective. The weather has been lovely. It has been very welcoming. The crowd support has been brilliant. The tour is really long and there is some tough cricket ahead of us which we are looking forward to,” he said.