Harbhajan Singh opines India should play two spinners at Lord's; reveals his pick
As temperatures hit the mid-thirties consistently in London, the challenge for the Lord's groundstaff will be to ensure there is enough moisture.
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After a suffering, a heartbreaking 31-run loss to England in a riveting Test opener at Edgbaston, the Men in Blue are all charged up to bounce back stronger. The series is currently evenly poised with India sealing the T20I leg, while England won the ODIs and it all boils down to the ongoing 5-Test series.
With the second Test scheduled at Lord’s from 9th of August, there has been a lot of debate regarding the composition of the teams. As temperatures hit the mid-thirties consistently in London, the challenge for the Lord’s groundstaff will be to ensure there is enough moisture in the pitch to produce an even contest.
Thus, both England and India will be inclined to play two spinners in the second Test as heat waves continue to sweep through the capital. Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also echoed on the same lines saying as per quotes on ESPN Cricinfo, “India made a mistake even at Edgbaston going with one spinner. They went ahead choosing four fast bowlers and one spinner which didn’t help them, they didn’t read the conditions well. Though they bowled beautifully, all seamers, but Hardik Pandya didn’t bowl and didn’t bat as the team wanted him to. So why play him?”
Harbhajan suggests Kuldeep
Harbhajan Singh was critical of the decision by Virat Kohli’s team to play only one spinner at Edgbaston. Bhajji feels that the management should have been more cautious, especially in the dry conditions. He opined that choosing Hardik Pandya didn’t pay off in the first Test, with the all-rounder putting in a pale performance
India’s most successful finger spinner with 417 scalps, Harbhajan then explained why he would choose Kuldeep over Pandya or Ravindra Jadeja at Lord’s. “He will create chances. He bowls googlies, leg spin with the left hand. On the first day, suppose India were to lose the toss and they are still bowling (at the end of the day), this guy will create chances on a good track. Right-hander or left-hander, Kuldeep is the guy because he (can) spin the ball both ways”