England vs India: Michael Hussey doesn't want India to play Kuldeep Yadav in place of Ashwin

Kuldeep has been phenomenal in white-ball cricket for the Indian team.

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Kuldeep Yadav, the chinaman bowler from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, is currently in the middle of a purple patch, especially in the limited-overs formats. He tormented Ireland’s batsmen in the two-match series and then went on to weave his magic against England. He picked up a five-wicket haul in Manchester and thereby became the first left-arm spinner to achieve the feat in the shortest format.

He has picked 21 wickets in India’s ongoing tour of the United Kingdom. On the backs of his shows, he found a place in the Test squad for the first three matches. Such has been his exhibition with the leather that the cricketing fraternity wants Kuldeep to be drafted into the Test playing eleven. However, former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey believes that he shouldn’t play at the cost of off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin.

I am sure he will do a good job for India

“Kuldeep is a fantastic bowler and has done well. Personally, I don’t think Kuldeep should play at the expense of R Ashwin. I think Ashwin deserves his place in the team as he has been a brilliant Test match bowler for a long period of time,” Hussey was quoted as saying by The Times of India (TOI).

“He has over 300 Test wickets plus England have many left-handers and Ashwin can play a big role. There is still plenty of time for Kuldeep as he is young. Let him sort of keep learning along the way but if there is an injury or an opportunity, then I am sure he will do a good job for India,” he added.

Ashwin is an experienced campaigner in the longest format. The Tamil Nadu-born cricketer has played 58 Tests in which he has picked up 316 wickets and has undoubtedly been one of India’s most reliable bowlers in the format ever since he started playing cricket in Whites. The first of the five-match Test series begins on August at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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