Graeme Swann believes the selection of an Indian player in Tests is a no-brainer

Graeme Swann believes the selection of an Indian player in Tests is a no-brainer

India are looking hot favourites to seal the ODI series now.

Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)

Team India registered their fifth victory in 6 matches in their ongoing UK tour and have certainly put the hosts under immense pressure. Their tussle with England was the much-awaited one but what has transpired so far must have disappointed the fans a lot. Apart from the second T20I in Cardiff, the hosts have looked a pale shadow of themselves as Graeme Swann believes the visitors will be able to torment England in Tests as well if they pick a youngster in the squad.

The form of the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli has been exceptional as they pummeled the bowling attack of England without even breaking a sweat. But the team management will be pleased with the way the bowlers have stepped up to the task.

Jasprit Bumrah has already been ruled out and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is struggling with his back issues. India were banking on these two ahead of the tour but Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul have prospered well in alien conditions and have rather bowled much better the hosts. The wrist-spinners have done what they’ve been doing since last year which has made things extremely easy for the skipper.

Who should be picked?

Graeme Swann is in awe of the chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav with the way he has been causing distress to the opponents in this series. He feels that his inclusion in the Test squad is a no-brainer for India now as the batsmen are simply not able to pick him.

“Kuldeep has bowled himself into the Test squad. They’d be crackers not to put him in because the England batsman blatantly can’t pick him. Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes can’t pick him – Jos Buttler, who was strangled down the leg side off him, is the only one who can pick him,” he said while analysing the first ODI for BBC.

The 23-year-old has picked 11 wickets against the Brits so far in three matches and might have urged the selectors to think about picking him for the Test series as well. With the sun beating down in the UK, the spinners will surely come into play during the Tests and India might well think of playing three spinners at some stage during the five-match contest.

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