Virat will be thinking why didn't I play a specialist spinner: Michael Vaughan

Glenn Mcgrath felt that India were fooled by the green top

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The Perth Test began today and Australia put up 277/6 on the board at stumps on Day 1. There was a lot of talk about a green pitch before the game that propelled the Indian team to go in with four pacers. However, Kohli wouldn’t have had the same opinion after the way things panned out on the first day. After a good start by the Aussies, it was part-time off-spinner Hanuma Vihari who came to their rescue with a couple of wickets.

There quite some criticism on the selection tactics of the Indian team for this game. Former Australian great Glenn Mcgrath felt that India were fooled by the green top. Others in the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Michael Vaughan too weren’t impressed with India’s decision to go with four quicks.

Michael Vaughan makes an assessment

Vaughan asserted that Ravindra Jadeja would’ve been quite fluent on this Perth surface. He felt that skipper Kohli would rue his decision, later on, to go ahead with four fast bowlers here. Further, he continued to laud Jadeja for his fielding demeanour and drew comparisons between him with Ashwin.

“The three quicks are outstanding and I do think over the course of the next few days Virat will be looking over his shoulder and thinking ‘why didn’t I play a specialist spinner? Jadeja is quality as well, so I would have gone with a spinner. Jadeja has also got that buzz of energy. He’s a firecracker in the field, bowls his left-arm spin. He is very similar to Ravi actually, a very similar kind of bowler,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by India Today.

Going with four new ball bowlers leaves you lopsided

Ahead of the second Test, both Rohit Sharma and Ashwin were ruled out due to injuries. While Gavaskar had no issues with Vihari’s selection, he wasn’t quite pleased with India playing four new ball bowlers. He remarked that India should have played according to their strengths rather than looking at the pitch.

“They would have included Hanuma Vihari as Rohit wasn’t fit but Ashwin definitely would have played. If the ball turns, even Jadeja can turn it. Going in with four new ball bowlers, does leave you a little lopsided. It’s like saying I will play six opening batsmen. There are specialities with every batting unit, similarly with every bowling unit,” he added.

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