Kuldeep Yadav, India’s spinner was finally included in place of Washington Sundar who had played an unbeaten 85 runs innings in the first innings of the first Test which England won by 227 runs.
The 26-year-old spinner Kuldeep Yadav finally played a Test after the one against Australia in January 2019. He debuted in Tests in 2017 but has featured in only 6 Tests, before the 2nd Test at Chennai, where he picked 24 scalps averaging 24.12.
Sanjay Manjrekar: Unfortunate That Washington Sundar Missed Out
For India, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj came in place of Shahbaz Nadeem, Washington Sundar, and Jasprit Bumrah. On the other hand, England made four changes by bringing in Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, and Ben Foakes in place of Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, James Anderson, and Jos Buttler in 2nd Test.
In the 2nd Test, India won the toss and opted to bat. Both Shubman Gill and skipper Virat Kohli failed to score, but opener Rohit Sharma scored a century. India is 233 for the loss of three wickets losing Cheteshwar Pujara apart from Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma is unbeaten on 153 while Ajinkya Rahane is batting on unbeaten 59.
“A little unfortunate that Washington Sundar missed out because of what he has done in the limited opportunities that he has been given,” he said on ESPNCricinfo.
“This is how Virat Kohli goes about his business. He looks to chop and change personnel rather than change tactics or play the same people to bowl differently,” Manjrekar added.
Washington Sundar bowled 26 overs for 98 runs in the first innings and got a solitary over in the second innings in the 1st Test. However, Washington Sundar, impressed with the bat in the first innings scoring 85 but he failed to score in 2nd innings and didn’t pick a wicket.
Kuldeep Yadav Bring An Advantage As A Mystery Spinner: Sanjay Manjrekar
Kuldeep Yadav picked up a five-wicket haul in his last Test appearance in Sydney against Australia in the 2018/19 tour. He was expected to feature in the 1st Pink-ball Test match against Australia in Adelaide but the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja got the nod ahead of him.
Later, the 26-year-old was expected to feature in the 4th Test after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out with a broken thumb. However, Washington Sundar, who travelled Down Under as a net bowler, got inducted in the playing XI for the Gabba Test.
“The advantage of having Kuldeep Yadav is that a lot of England batsmen were playing Indian spinners on the back foot, which is a very impressive thing I saw in the first Test.”
“But with Kuldeep Yadav, they may not be that comfortable or certain about what is coming from the hands. So, the mystery element works for India with Kuldeep Yadav,” he further explained.
Sanjay Manjrekar felt disappointed for Washington Sundar who scored successive fifties in both Tests he played but felt that having Kuldeep Yadav is an advantage as he brings in the mystery element.