Sourav Ganguly wants Kuldeep Yadav to play Tests in England
Ganguly admitted that it would be harsh on Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
Updated - Feb 19, 2018 9:15 pm
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has backed the chances of young chinaman Kuldeep Yadav playing Tests for India. The next major assignment for the Indian team is the tour of England in July this year. Prior to the tour of England, the Indian team will host Afghanistan in the latter’s first-ever Test match. They will then head to Ireland to play two T20Is and subsequently land in England for a full tour.
Considering the recent success of the wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Sourav Ganguly reckons that he will not be surprised to see them play Tests in England. In fact, the selectors could try the same in the Test against Afghanistan at home as well. Ganguly admitted that it would be harsh on Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. But he feels that at some stage or the other, the wrist spinners will take their spots.
“I know in England Kuldeep will play Test matches. I can see that happening. It’s tough on Ashwin and Jadeja. More tougher on Ashwin because his Test record is remarkable. I am sure he will still make the trip but wether he plays or not, we have to see when they get to England,” Sourav Ganguly quoted.
Wrist spinners being more effective
Elucidating his point a little further, Sourav Ganguly remarked that the wrist spinners have often been more successful than others. He cited the example of legendary former Australian spinner Shane Warne to stress his point even more. He was quick to add that in no way he is trying to compare Kuldeep and Chahal with Shane Warne. But the fact that the wrist spinners are more successful is an evident one, reckoned the former Indian captain.
“Wrist spinners have been successful in world cricket. Look at Shane Warne. I am not comparing them (Kuldeep and Chahal) to Warne, because Warne was an absolute champion. I think they (Team India) have gone the right way,” he added further.