Ravindra Jadeja should be the first choice spinner in Tests, says Dilip Doshi
Ashwin was preferred in England in the first four Tests.
Updated - Oct 6, 2018 1:50 pm
Ever since Ravindra Jadeja’s recall to the Indian ODI team in the Asia Cup 2018, the all-rounder has been making news for all the right reasons with his amazing performances. From his four wickets in his comeback game to his maiden Test ton against the Windies, the Rajput boy is ticking off all the boxes.
The former Indian cricketer Dilip Doshi is delighted to see his rise and reckons it is time the Gujarat all-rounder is considered the first choice spinner for Team India. Until now, in Tests, he has always only played the second fiddle to spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin.
“If there is a provision to play only one spinner, it should be Ravindra Jadeja because he is most likely to deliver on the line and length basis consistently and keep the runs down as well. The captain can shut the game or at least control the game from one end. Jadeja picks himself automatically and has proved that he should be there [in the side as the first spinner],” Doshi told mid-day.
Spinners should not experiment a lot
He was also against Ashwin’s idea of experimenting too much in Tests, which, according to him, gives an upper hand to the batsmen. “You have to decide whether you are an off-spinner or leg-spinner. As soon as you experiment, you allow batsmen to get off the hook. Test cricket is all about consistency. Most spinners try to adjust their action according to the format. And that’s how they ruin themselves. Just like how your handwriting does not change, your style cannot change. It’s a muscle memory,” Doshi explained.
India are currently playing a full-fledged series against Windies at home, which includes two Tests, five one-day internationals and three T20Is, after which they will embark on an all-important Australia tour, which comprises four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is respectively.