Ravindra Jadeja is Anil Kumble’s backup spinner for the 2019 World Cup
He felt that the decision for the last two spots will be highly based upon what the management thinks.
Updated - Feb 6, 2019 7:34 pm
The World Cup is less than four months away and the excitement has been leveling up every passing day. India may have figured out most of their problems in their batting order. However, there may still be a couple of spots up for the taking. The upcoming series against Australia is likely to decide which player holds more weight.
There have been a lot of opinions springing in from all corners. The likes of Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul and Khaleel Ahmed are all in contention to get picked for the World Cup squad. Former Indian coach Anil Kumble while speaking to Cricket Next in an interview stated his prospects for the big tournament.
If I had to pick today, I’ll go with Ravindra Jadeja as a backup spinner
Kumble was quite assured that 13 members pick themselves in the squad. He felt that the decision for the last two spots will be highly based upon what the management thinks. However given a choice at the moment, Jumbo preferred to go ahead with Ravindra Jadeja over Vijay Shankar owing to experience.
“The first 13 I think is a given. It’s a difficult choice especially for the last couple, it all depends on what the team management wants, you know not necessarily what the selectors pick. The challenge will be whether you go with Jadeja as your back up spinner or a Shankar as your other seam bowling all-rounder who can bat. If I have to pick today, like you said, yeah you go with experience, you’d probably pick Jadeja,” Anil Kumble told Cricket Next.
Kuldeep-Chahal have done really well
Kumble was all praise for India’s wrist spinning duo. The likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been absolutely fantastic with regards to picking wickets in the middle overs. The former Indian cricketing great highlighted the same. He felt that both tweakers have played a crucial role in determining India’s success over the last few years.
“I think the average number of wickets they’ve picked up is 4 to 5 in a match when they’ve played together. So, that’s phenomenal and that’s what has given India these results over the last couple of years because they’ve been able to pick wickets in the middle overs and that’s what has put pressure on the opposition batsmen,” the legendary cricketer added.