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RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
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Yuzvendra Chahal Still Hopes To Represent India In Tests

Yuzvendra Chahal has seen several players younger than him make their Test debuts for India. Although India hasn’t considered him an option in red-ball cricket yet, the leg-spinner still harbours hopes of representing his nation in the longest format.

The 30-year-old has a solid record in first-class cricket, picking up 84 wickets in 31 games. However, the likes of Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, and Shahbaz Nadeem have featured ahead of him in recent years whenever India’s frontline spinners (Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja) have been unavailable for Tests.

RCB spin wizard Yuzvendra Chahal expresses his desire to play Test cricket

 

Yuzvendra Chahal Wants To Wear The Whites

Yuzvendra Chahal spoke to Sports Tak about his Test prospects, pointing to his stellar record in red-ball cricket over the past few years.

“Obviously, you want to wear the whites. If someone calls you a Test player, there is no bigger compliment. In the last 3-4 years, I have picked 50 wickets in the ten first-class matches, out of which two are India A games,” Chahal revealed.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been India’s frontline Test spinners for several years now, making the difference time and again. Axar Patel made a sensational start to his Test career too, running through the England side in the home series earlier in the year. But Yuzvendra Chahal isn’t too bogged down for not getting a look in, admitting he needs to improve further, considering the spin options India has presently.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP

“You see Axar came in and did well. Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep are already there, so you feel that 3-4 players are already in the reckoning and it will be difficult for you to get a chance. Especially when they are performing so well. Ashwin bhaiyya completed 400 Test wickets and Jaddu Pa has over 250 wickets. Looking at them you feel that you have to improve more to get a chance,” Chahal admitted.

From having made his debut for RCB in 2014 to earning a national call-up in 2016 and taking 100 wickets in the IPL, Yuzvendra Chahal has had an impressive career so far. In his young international career thus far, the 30-year old has bagged 92 and 62 wickets in 54 ODIs and 48 T20Is respectively.

Yuzvendra Chahal was not expecting to be part of India’s latest Test squad, with the team travelling to England for the World Test Championship final and the subsequent five-Test series against the host nation. But the leg-spinner interestingly revealed how he was hoping he would get a call-up when England toured India earlier this year.

“No, this time I wasn’t expecting a call-up. But yes, when England toured India and some of our spinners were injured, I felt somewhere that my name my prop up,” Chahal mentioned.

Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar were picked in absence of injured Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel in the 1st Test before Axar Patel’s stunning debut in the next Test. Axar Patel picked 27 wickets in 3 Tests finishing behind Ravichandran Ashwin who had 32 scalps.

Yuzvendra Chahal will get a chance to show his credentials when India takes on Sri Lanka in July. He is expected to be part of the Indian squad which will play three T20Is and three ODIs against the Lankans. In 106 IPL games since debuting for Mumbai in 2013, he has 125 scalps averaging 23.3.

Axar Patel
Axar Patel
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Ashish Nehra Impressed By Axar Patel Who Didn’t Repeat Mistakes Of Shahbaz Nadeem

Ashish Nehra, former Indian pacer was impressed by what he saw of Axar Patel, pointing out how the left-arm spinner did not repeat the same mistake as Shahbaz Nadeem did in the 1st Test and complimented fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin well throughout the Test by returning with figures of 2/40 and 5/60 in the two innings.

Ravichandran Ashwin who played on his home ground lit up the Test by taking a five-wicket-haul in the first innings which was the 29th of his career and made it even more memorable by scoring a century in India’s second innings. Fittingly, he was adjudged Player of the Match for his scintillating all-round performance.

Ashish Nehra- ET Bureau
Ashish Nehra- ET Bureau

Ashish Nehra: Axar Patel Didn’t Repeat Mistakes Committed By Shahbaz Nadeem

However, another bowler who made a big impact was a left-arm spinner, Axar Patel. Making his Test debut, Axar Patel rocked England’s second innings, picking up 5/60 to bundle them out for 164, chasing 482 to win.

Axar Patel was in line to make his debut in the first Test which India lost but was ruled out due to a knee injury. His replacement Shahbaz Nadeem appeared toothless in his bowling picking 2/167 and 2/66 in the match. However, when Axar Patel got an opportunity to debut in the 2nd Test, he did not disappoint.

Shahbaz Nadeem of India celebrates the wicket of Temba Bavuma of South Africa during day three of the third test match between India and South Africa held at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi India on the 21st October 2019 Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI
Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI

“Axar Patel grabbed the chance that Shahbaz Nadeem let go of when he played because of Axar’s injury. But Axar Patel did not make the same mistake. We repeatedly said that the conditions were favourable for spin bowling but still you need to bowl and take the wickets by showing the consistency,” Ashish Nehra said on Star Sports.

Axar Patel’s 5/60 made him the ninth India bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul on debut and the sixth Indian spinner after VV Kumar, Dilip Doshi, Narendra Hirwani, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Amit Mishra.

Ashish Nehra: Experience Of Domestic Cricket Was Evident As He Kept Bowling At The Same Spot

Axar Patel made his ODI debut in 2014, followed by his first T20I game a year later. It took the left-arm spinner six years to finally break into the Test team.

Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

Axar Patel who plays for Gujarat has 141 scalps from 40 first-class appearances besides 169 List A and 127 T20 scalps from 133 and 151 appearances.

In January 2021, Axar Patel was named to India’s Test squad for their series against England. He made his Test debut against England on 13 February 2021 and made his comeback in international cricket after a gap of almost three years. His first international Test wicket was of Joe Root. In the same match, he took a five-wicket haul in England’s second innings, becoming the ninth Indian bowler to do so. Axar Patel picked Joe Root in both innings and picked 7 scalps overall.
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
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It’s Special To Get 5-Wicket Haul On Debut, Says Axar Patel

Axar Patel picked up 5 wickets as India beat England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1 at Chennai’s M A Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.

India left-arm spinner Axar Patel repaid the faith of the team management with a five-wicket haul as the hosts beat England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series on Tuesday.

Axar Patel dismissed nightwatchman Jack Leach, opening bat Dom Sibley in 2nd innings.© BCCI
Axar Patel dismissed nightwatchman Jack Leach, opening bat Dom Sibley in 2nd innings.© BCCI

Axar Patel Reckons It Was A Good Experience Getting 5 Wicket Haul On Debut

Axar Patel, who replaced Shahbaz Nadeem who performed poorly in this match, became the 9th Indian player to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut and only the second left-arm spinner after Dilip Doshi to take a five-for in his debut Test.

Dilip Doshi was the first left-arm spinner to take a five-for-on debut at the same venue against Australia in Chennai in 1979.

Shahbaz Nadeem of India celebrates the wicket of Temba Bavuma of South Africa during day three of the third test match between India and South Africa held at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi India on the 21st October 2019 Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI
Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI

“It was a good experience, to get a five-wicket haul on debut is special. As Kuldeep said, there was much happening on the pitch. It was about varying your speed and I just kept doing it. Forced the batsman to make mistakes. On the first day itself, it was turning. So, we bowled tight lines and got the rewards,” Axar Patel said after the match.

India beat England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1 at Chennai’s M A Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. Kuldeep Yadav also picked 2 scalps in his Test return while 2nd innings centurion Ravichandran Ashwin picked 3 scalps. Axar Patel picked Joe Root in both innings and picked 7 scalps overall.

England All Out For 164 Chasing 482 To Win In 2nd Test

Chasing a record victory target of 482, England were all out for 164 in their second innings with Moeen Ali their top scorer with a breezy 43.  The third test, a day-night contest, is set for Ahmedabad from February 24.

Moeen Ali celebrates one of his four second-innings wickets BCCI
Moeen Ali celebrates one of his four second-innings wickets BCCI

Moeen Ali had tested positive for COVID-19 before the first test on reaching Sri Lanka, earlier in January, and missed 2 Tests against Sri Lanka. He played against India in the 2nd Test and picked 4 scalps in each innings.

Ravichandran Ashwin was unanimously chosen MOM for his century in India’s 2nd innings and his 5 wicket haul in 1st innings and 3 wicket haul in 2nd innings of England.

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Axar Patel Wanted Joe Root To Be His 1st Test Wicket

Axar Patel managed to dismiss England skipper Joe Root as he miscued a sweep shot and Ravichandran Ashwin took an easy catch to send the England skipper back to the pavilion after he scored only 6 runs.

All-rounder Axar Patel made his Test debut for India in the 2nd Test match against England and dismissed the opposition skipper Joe Root to earn his maiden wicket.

Joe Root Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters
Joe Root Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Axar Patel Wanted His First Wicket To Be Joe Root’s Dismissal

On Sunday, AxarPatel dismissed Joe Root who has been in tremendous form hitting three successive tons in Sri Lanka and India.

Speaking about dismissing Joe Root for his maiden Test wicket, Axar Patel said that he was extremely happy to dismiss the in-form batsman and had a plan in place against the England skipper which worked.

“When I was watching the first Test I noticed that Joe Root plays a lot of sweep and reverse sweep shots, and I thought that with the speed that I bowl at, I had the opportunity to get him out, and I wanted my first wicket to be his dismissal.”

Axar Patel celebrates the wicket of Joe Root on Day 2, in Chennai.© Twitter/ ICC
Axar Patel celebrates the wicket of Joe Root on Day 2, in Chennai.© Twitter/ICC

“I thought that if he tries to sweep my delivery, he may get out LBW. When he went for the sweep shot and made the mistake, to get an in-form batsman who has recently hit multiple centuries and double centuries. You can see it in the video how happy I was to get the wicket,” Axar Patel said at the end of Day 2.

It was a dream debut for Axar Patel as he managed to get two important wickets of Joe Root and Moeen Ali and finished with bowling figures of 2-40 in his 20 overs.

Axar Patel Was Ruled Out Of 1st Test Due To Injury And His Replacement Shahbaz Nadeem Failed To Perform

Axar Patel was supposed to play the first Test against England at the same venue Chennai as well but was ruled out due to an injury and Shahbaz Nadeem was given an opportunity in his place, but he could not capitalize on the chance. England won the 1st Test by 227 runs.

Shahbaz Nadeem (Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI)
Shahbaz Nadeem (Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI)

Shahbaz Nadeem had four wickets in all but gave away 233 runs in 59 overs across two innings with an economy rate of close to 4 runs per over. And if that wasn’t enough, as a slow spin bowler, a total of nine no-balls at the Test match level is considered to be a major issue.

Cricket - India v Afghanistan - Indian Team's Press Conference - Bengaluru, India – June 13, 2018 – India's test cricket team captain Ajinkya Rahane addresses a news conference. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa
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If One Looks At My Last 10-15 Tests, You Will Find Some Runs There: Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane opened up on his personal form with the bat, saying people will find runs if they look at his last 10-15 Tests.

India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane played down concerns over his batting form, saying people will find runs if they look at his last 10-15 Tests. Ajinkya Rahane also said that the Indian team is playing at home after two years, and the focus is always on the team not on any particular individual.

Ajinkya Rahane. Photograph:( Reuters )
Ajinkya Rahane. Photograph:( Reuters )

Ajinkya Rahane: India Are Playing At Home After 2 Years And It’s All About Team Bot Any Individual

Ajinkya Rahane stepped up as stand-in captain in Australia and hit a series-defining hundred in Melbourne but he has been inconsistent with the bat since then. 4, 22, 24, 37, 1, 0 have been his series of scores since that match-winning hundred in the 2nd Test against Australia in December 2020.

“We are playing at home after two years. It’s all about the team, not about any individual. If you look at my last 10-15 Tests, you will find some runs there,” Ajinkya Rahane said while speaking in the press conference ahead of 2nd Test vs England.

India's Ajinkya Rahane waves his bat to the crowd as he leaves the field following play on day two of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. | Photo Credit: AP
 Photo Credit: AP

Ajinkya Rahane scored a solitary run across the two innings in the first Test against England in Chennai. The Indian vice-captain hasn’t breached the half-century mark in his last seven Test innings after scoring 112 runs in the 2nd Melbourne Test win in Australia.

The 32-year-old middle-order batsman flopped against New Zealand earlier in 2020 where he averaged only 22.75 in 2 Tests and apart from his 112, he couldn’t score another half-century in other Test matches in Australia as well.

Ajinkya Rahane Did Not Reveal Playing XI But He Feels Good To Have Axar Patel Fit

Ajinkya Rahane did not reveal the playing XI for the second Test against England but said that spinner Axar Patel’s fitness was good for the team.

“Every player is in the mix. Good to have Axar Patel fit. I’m not going to say who is going to play in the second Test. All our spinners are good and I’m sure they’re keen to do well,” Ajinkya Rahane added.

Axar Patel had been ruled out with a knee injury in 1st Test (BCCI)
Axar Patel had been ruled out with a knee injury in 1st Test (BCCI)

Shahbaz Nadeem had picked four wickets in all in the 1st Test but gave away 233 runs in 59 overs across two innings with an economy rate of close to 4 runs per over. And if that wasn’t enough, as a slow spin bowler, a total of nine balls at the Test match level is considered to be a major issue.

One expects allrounder Axar Patel, who is now match-fit, to replace him. India was outplayed in the first Test, losing to England by 227 runs.

Kuldeep Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem
Kuldeep Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem
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MSK Prasad Defends India Picking Shahbaz Nadeem Over Kuldeep Yadav

MSK Prasad opened up on the regular snub of Kuldeep Yadav across formats as he went on to defend the Indian team management. Kuldeep Yadav has been enduring a tough period of late.

Despite being regarded as a first-choice Test spinner overseas by head coach Ravi Shastri, during the 2018-19 Australia tour, he quickly saw being thrashed by Moeen Ali in IPL 2019 with visuals of him being teary-eyed going viral. After superb IPL 2018, where he picked 17 scalps averaging 24.59, he performed poorly in the last two editions.

Kuldeep Yadav (Image Source : TWITTER/KKRIDERS)
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Source : TWITTER/KKRIDERS)

Kuldeep Yadav Performed Poorly In IPL 2019 And IPL 2020

Although Kuldeep Yadav was a part of the 2019 ODI World Cup squad, he had an ordinary run overall. Since then, he was often found himself warming the bench across formats rather than taking the field at regular intervals for Team India. In addition, he seemed to have lost the trust of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team management with only a handful of games in IPL 2019 and 2020 edition combined.

Kuldeep Yadav With Former Skipper Dinesh Karthik Of KKR (Photo: IANS)
Kuldeep Yadav With Former Skipper Dinesh Karthik Of KKR (Photo: IANS)

He averaged above 71.5 and 92 with the ball in the last two editions, which is rather poor and pathetic, to say the least. He picked 4 scalps in limited appearances in IPL 2019 and a solitary scalp in IPL 2020.

Kuldeep Yadav has last played a Test match for India in January 2019. Kuldeep Yadav’s omission becomes all the more surprising given he picked up a five-wicket haul in his last Test appearance in Sydney against Australia in the 2018/19 tour. He debuted in Tests way back in 2017 but has featured in only 6 Tests where he picked 24 scalps averaging 24.12, which isn’t poor by any standards.

MSK Prasad: India Must Have Thought Of Having An Extra Batsman Who Can Bowl And Shahbaz Nadeem Was Selected For He Is A Left Arm Spinner

After he was left out of the playing XI for India’s first Test versus England in Chennai, his fans are sympathizing with him since they feel he might still not be given the nod for the second Test, starting from February 13. Fans and experts are questioning the move not to play him and many are claiming favouritism as a reason behind his snub, but former chief selector MSK Prasad has backed the current team management’s decision.

MSK Prasad. (Photo Source: Twitter)
MSK Prasad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Personal issues definitely won’t matter. I don’t think Virat will be thinking on those lines. Virat or team management would have had different plans about the selection. Washington Sundar did extremely well in his last Test match. They must have thought of having an extra batsman who can bowl,” MSK Prasad was quoted saying by Sportskeeda. 

He further opined, “With regard to Nadeem, the stats show that England had a little tough time against left-arm spinners in Sri Lanka. Though they won the two Test matches, the left-arm spinners got a lot of wickets. So that’s the reason why they would have preferred Nadeem. My personal choice would have definitely been Kuldeep but the reason for Nadeem’s inclusion might be this”, added MSK Prasad.

Kuldeep Yadav returned from the Australia tour where he played only one game which was the 3rd ODI at Canberra. It looks unlikely that he will get a chance in the playing XI for the second Test as India is expected to swap Axar Patel in place of Shahbaz Nadeem, and retain Washington Sundar along with the spin department’s spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin. England won the first Test versus India by 227 runs in Chennai.

MSK Prasad’s personal choice for the Test series especially in Chennai though is definitely Kuldeep Yadav, who has been battling inconsistent form, which has been the reason behind his limited appearances for India lately.

Shahbaz Nadeem of India celebrates the wicket of Temba Bavuma of South Africa during day three of the third test match between India and South Africa held at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi India on the 21st October 2019 Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI
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Shahbaz Nadeem Set To Be Dropped For 2nd Test

Shahbaz Nadeem, Jharkhand spinner is all set to be dropped after a disappointing performance in the series opener against England as the Indian playing XI during the upcoming second Test in Chennai will have at least one change.

While his replacement will be decided by Friday, one can expect allrounder Axar Patel, who is now match-fit, to replace him. India was outplayed in the first Test that ended on Tuesday.

Shahbaz Nadeem Set To Be Dropped For 2nd Test 1

Shahbaz Nadeem Set To Be Dropped After Conceding 233 Runs In 59 Overs Overall Picking Only 4 Scalps

Indian captain Virat Kohli didn’t hide his disappointment when it came to Shahbaz Nadeem’s performance during the post-match presentation where he said that Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar couldn’t keep up the pressure that was created by Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Shahbaz Nadeem had four wickets in all but gave away 233 runs in 59 overs across two innings with an economy rate of close to 4 runs per over. And if that wasn’t enough, as a slow spin bowler, a total of nine balls at the Test match level is considered to be a major issue.

“Axar had a minor knee niggle and has already started batting at the nets. He is expected to start bowling during the next couple of days.”

Shahbaz Nadeem Set To Be Dropped For 2nd Test 2“He was always first choice to play the opening Test but it will depend on skipper Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on Wednesday.

Shahbaz Nadeem himself admitted that he has had some issues with the timing of his jump at the crease and he needs to sort that out in the nets. Washington Sundar bowled 26 overs for 98 runs in the first innings and got a solitary over in the second innings. However, Washington Sundar, who was impressed with the bat in the first innings, is likely to retain his place in the playing XI. But he didn’t pick a wicket and scored 85 and 0 in two innings.

Ravichandran Ashwin Is Doing Fine Which Will Be A Relief For Virat Kohli

A piece of welcome news for India fans will be star all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin is doing fine and although he sustained a painful blow from a Jofra Archer short ball during the Indian second innings and needed immediate attention from the physio Nitin Patel.

India’s best bowling performer in the 1st Test wasn’t required to go for any precautionary scans which will certainly be a relief for Virat Kohli as he expects a friendlier pitch during the next 2nd Test starting from Saturday.

Shahbaz Nadeem Set To Be Dropped For 2nd Test 3After one of the flattest decks on offer during the first Test in Chennai, the task will be cut out for Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s rookie curator V Ramesh Kumar and BCCI head of pitches and grounds committee head Taposh Chatterjee, to provide a track that doesn’t make toss so crucial factor. There was grass cover on one of the adjacent strips, which could also be used for the second match, where it is a given that there will be a fair share of turns.

It will be interesting to see, whether unlike the first Test when there was a liberal sprinkling of water and a fair share of rolling, V Ramesh Kumar and Taposh Chatterjee stop watering the track during the next three days. There could always be a case of pitch breaking early if a dry pitch is baked adequately in the sunshine,

This is the major reason behind questions being raised about tracks that offer turn from the first day whereas, in places like Christchurch in New Zealand, the 22-yard strip couldn’t be identified from the outfield. It is the same for Basin Reserve in Wellington where the ball starts jagging around from the first hour.

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Sunil Gavaskar Hints India May Bring In Kuldeep Yadav For Second Chennai Test

Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian cricketer, reckons that India should field Kuldeep Yadav in the second Test against England, starting February 13 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Kuldeep Yadav hasn’t played a Test for over two years and the fact that he didn’t play the opening Test at the Chepauk despite the hosts fielding three spinners in Ravi Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Washington Sundar which raised a lot of eyebrows.

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Sunil Gavaskar: In The Hindsight, India Could Have Included Kuldeep Yadav Which Should Have Given A Bit More Variety

Sunil Gavaskar feels that the Indian spin-bowling attack needs a bit of variety and playing both Ravi Ashwin and Washington Sundar may be sensible.

“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,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying on Star Sports.

Sunil Gavaskar Hints India May Bring In Kuldeep Yadav For Second Chennai Test 5Experts criticized Kuldeep Yadav’s axe as former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta felt that there was ‘an opportunity’ to field Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI as Axar Patel was unfit for the 1st Test.

Harbhajan Singh, veteran off-spinner was surprised by the decision as he pointed out that having a left-arm wrist-spinner could have added a different dimension to India’s spin attack and mentioned that such a treatment could be extremely hazardous for a player’s confidence besides stressing that in the last two Tests that he played he picked 5 wicket hauls.

Sunil Gavaskar: Shahbaz Nadeem Got Just A Little Bit Nervous As He Overstepped Due To Anxiousness

The veteran also said that off-spinner Shahbaz Nadeem had butterflies in his tummy as he bowled nine no-balls in the 59 overs the left-arm spinner bowled picking only 4 scalps-two in each innings.

Moreover, legendary Sunil Gavaskar expressed concerns over premier off-spinner Ravi Ashwin as the latter also bowled a few no-balls. Ravi Ashwin, however, was India’s standout bowler as he picked up nine wickets, including a six-wicket haul in the second innings.

“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. I think, Shahbaz Nadeem got just a little bit nervous.” 

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Washington Sundar, on the other hand, couldn’t pick up a single wicket in 27 overs. But he turned up with an unbeaten 85 with the bat in the first innings, albeit he couldn’t open his account in the second. India lost the opening Test by a mammoth margin of 227 runs.

The 26-year-old spinner Kuldeep Yadav hasn’t played a single Test match since the one against Australia in January 2019. He debuted in Tests in 2017 but has featured in only 6 Tests where he picked 24 scalps averaging 24.12.

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Wasim Jaffer Sympathize With Kuldeep Yadav After The Spinner Was Axed For 1st Test

Wasim Jaffer, former Indian cricketer has sympathized with Kuldeep Yadav for not getting a chance to showcase his talent in the Test matches for India.

Wasim Jaffer, in a tweet on Sunday, said that the china-man spinner has been traveling from one bio-bubble to another without getting any game time.

Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer

Wasim Jaffer Feels Sad For Kuldeep Yadav’s Omission For 1st Test

Kuldeep Yadav, who has been with the squad since the tour of Australia, last played a Test match for India in January 2019. It’s been over two years since Kuldeep Yadav last played a Test for India.

The 26-year-old spinner hasn’t played a single Test match since the one against Australia in January 2019. He debuted in Tests way back in 2017 but has featured in only 6 Tests where he picked 24 scalps averaging 24.12, which isn’t poor by any standard besides he is a left-arm spinner and India doesn’t boast of many spinners in that category.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav Photo Credit: AP

Kuldeep Yadav has been battling inconsistent form, which has been the primary reason behind his limited appearances for India lately. The left-arm spinner picked up a five-wicket haul in his maiden Test tour of Australia in 2018-19, did not play a single Test in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy despite being part of the squad. He played only the third inconsequential ODI where he picked a solitary wicket.

Kuldeep Yadav Axed In Australian Tour Too As He Didn’t Play Any Of 4 Tests

Kuldeep Yadav 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 at least the 4th Test after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out with a broken thumb. However, Washington Sundar, who traveled Down Under as a net bowler, got inducted in the playing XI for the Gabba Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

A similar incident happened ahead of the 1st Test against England in Chennai. Shahbaz Nadeem, who was not named in India’s initial squad for the first two Tests, was included in the playing XI on the morning of the Test after Axar Patel got ruled out with a knee injury. Along with experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and Shahbaz Nadeem, Washington Sundar was selected as the third spinner for the match.

Wasim Jaffer a veteran of 32 Tests from 2000 to 2008 is currently the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy cricket, surpassing Amol Muzumdar.

Joe Root, England, Ashes series
Joe Root (Image Credit: Google)
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Gautam Gambhir Praises Joe Root For His Skills To Dominate In Subcontinent

Gautam Gambhir, former Indian opener has lavished praise on Joe Root as the England skipper continued his rich vein of form with a scintillating double hundred. Gautam Gambhir believes that a lot of young Indian players can learn from England skipper Joe Root on how to play spin even though he is not a batsman from the subcontinent.

Joe Root continued to thwart Indian bowlers on Day-2 of the Chennai Test before getting off to Shahbaz Nadeem for a magnificent 218, setting England up for a mammoth first-innings score after England opted to bat.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. BCCI

Gautam Gambhir: Joe Root Is A Prime Example As One Needs To Have High-Quality Skills While Playing In Subcontinent

Gautam Gambhir talked about how batting in Sri Lanka and Chennai is never easy especially in the kind of heat the cricketers are exposed to.

“When you are playing in that kind of heat, Sri Lanka is not an easy place to get those big hundreds, Chennai is not that easy place even if we are in February right now. But it’s never easy in Chennai. Look at the concentration level that goes along with skill; People can learn a lot how to play spin, especially from Joe Root. It isn’t only about learning to play spin from Indian batters; it’s about learning from whoever does well, ” said Gambhir on ESPNCricinfo.

Joe Root
Joe Root. Photo Credit: Twitter

Gambhir further added in this regard: “Joe Root is a prime example, and a lot of young Indian players can see that it’s not important to be a subcontinent player to dominate in the subcontinent, you need to have high-quality skills, and you can learn so much from Joe Root here.”

Gautam Gambhir Praised Joe Root For His Hunger To Score Runs

The former Indian batsman also praised Joe Root for his hunger as the England captain has now scored three back-to-back 150+ scores in as many Tests.

“When people speak about him not being in the fab four or fab five, ultimately that is never the case. No individual wants to be rated like that, and they just want to contribute. Look at the hunger, 228 in the first Test match against Sri Lanka, then 186 and now 156 not out(218), it’s concentration plus skill,” added Gambhir.

Joe Root and Ben Stokes
Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Joe Root had indicated after the first day that England would eye a score of around 600-700 in the first innings. The visitors have already put up 500 on the board. Since the pitch has begun to show signs of uneven bounce, India could have their task cut out when they come out to bat. England are 555/8 with Dom Sibley scoring 87 and Ben Stokes scoring 82. These are the two useful contributions apart from Joe Root’s 218.

Joe Root amassed 426 runs in four innings at an average of 106.50 including two centuries with a high score of 228 in Sri Lanka and with this 218 against India, he now has 3 back to back tons.

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