India vs England: 3 Players who can replace Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI for 3rd ODI

India vs England: 3 Players who can replace Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI for 3rd ODI

Kuldeep Yadav might be not be picked in the playing XI of the last ODI against England.

Thangarasu Natarajan
Thangarasu Natarajan in Australia tour (Photo by Cameron Spencer – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

The Indian cricket team is up against England in the ODI series. Even though the 2nd ODI game was a one-sided affair, the Indian team would look to bounce back from a disappointing loss. Ben Stokes was at his brutal best as he smashed ten sixes in an innings. And unfortunately, the Indian bowlers were at the receiving end. 

India’s batting has been up to the mark. But, the only thing that has been haunting captain Kohli is their bowling. Although the bowling attack misses the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, they are leaking runs that are affecting the team’s performance. . One bowler who is under the constant radar is Kuldeep Yadav.

The left-arm Chinaman has been expensive as during the last match, he gave away 84 runs of his 10 overs without picking up any wicket. Even though he is a world-class spinner, it looks like he has to go back to basics.  Therefore, it is time for captain Kohli to make some changes. Let’s take a look at-

3 bowlers who can replace Kuldeep Yadav in the next ODI

3. Washington Sundar

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar of India (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

The main issue with Kuldeep’s bowling is his line and length. He has been bowling half trackers which is easy for the batsman to put them away. Also, Kuldeep is not bowling stump to stump, hence there are a lot of flaws in his approach. To cover up for those, team India needs someone who can bowl accurately. 

As Ravindra Jadeja is not available, the best choice would be Washington Sundar. The right-arm off-spinner has been Kohli’s go-to man in IPL and T20I cricket. With an economy of 6.87 and 7.25 in the lucrative T20 league and T20Is, he can choke batsmen. Therefore, Sundar can bowl ten overs if required. 

Adding on, he has been a decent bowler in Test cricket. In four matches, he has picked 6 wickets. Although Sundar is not a big turner of the ball, his accuracy is priceless for a team that has been leaking runs. Sundar is a handy batsman too, and in case of a batting collapse, he can hold on to one end. His Gabba and Ahmedabad innings are sufficient enough to prove this fact and can be a fine contender to replace Yadav in the final ODI.