Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has said that the Indian team should look to include a leg-spinner in the playing XI for the overseas Test games.
Pathan’s remark came after India failed to win the 3-match Test series in South Africa. Virat Kohli-led India lost the 3-match Test series against Dean Elgar-led South Africa by 1-2.
India won the first match in a dominating manner by 113 runs at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. However, they faced two consecutive defeats against the hosts at the Wanderers, Johannesburg by 7 wickets and at the Newlands, Cape Town by 7 wickets.
On Saturday, Irfan Pathan took to Twitter to state that the middle-order of the Indian Test team will change after the poor performance of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the Test series against South Africa.
“Indian middle-order looks like it will change, Should too. But I strongly believe in having a wrist spinner in overseas conditions. Which will have a solid wicket-taking option in any condition,” tweeted Pathan.
Indian middle order looks like it will change, Should too. But I strongly believe in having a wrist spinner in overseas condition. Which will have a solid wicket taking option in any condition.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 15, 2022
Pujara and Rahane played all three games in the three-match Test series against South Africa. Rahane scored 136 runs at an average of 22.66 and Pujara scored 124 runs at an average of 20.66.
Batting has let us down in the last two games – Virat Kohli After The Series Defeat vs South Africa
Indian red-ball captain Virat Kohli had said that the batting unit let the team down in the Johannesburg and Cape Town Test.
“Batting has let us down in the last two games I would say and there is no running away. I can’t sit here and talk about what could happen in the future (about Pujara and Rahane),” said Kohli in the press conference.
While talking about Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli said that they have backed the senior batters because they have done a good job for the team in past.
“You probably have to speak to the selectors about what they have in mind because this is not my job. As I have said before, I would say again, we have continued to back Cheteshwar and Ajinkya because of the kind of players they are and what they have done in past in Test cricket,” said Kohli.
“They played crucial knocks in the second Test against South Africa in the second innings which got us to the total we could fight for, so these are the kind of performance we recognise in the team but what the selectors have in mind and what they decide to do obviously I cannot comment on that sitting here,” he added.
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