Former India opener Aakash Chopra has revealed what changes he wants Team India to make in the upcoming fourth Test match against England to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.
He felt that Washington Sundar should be replaced by Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI, given that he bowled just four balls in the third Test match, despite being the third spinner in the team on a turning pitch. Also, Chopra felt Kuldeep was a better wicket-taking option than Sundar and would prefer the left-arm chinaman over the spin all-rounder.
I Would Go For Kuldeep Yadav Because It Is A Red-Ball Test Match Now: Aakash Chopra
Kuldeep Yadav had made his long-awaited comeback in the Indian Test XI for the second Test in Chennai after a two-year hiatus. However, Sundar was picked ahead of him for the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad as the Indian team looked to strengthen their batting.
Now with the fourth Test match in Ahmedabad will be played with the red ball, Chopra feels Kuldeep should be picked over Sundar for his better wicket-taking abilities while sharing his views on the fourth Test in a chat on ESPNcricinfo.com.
“I will not play four spinners because when you played three, you gave Washington Sundar only four balls including both the innings. You should definitely play three spinners. You should ask yourselves a question if you need Washington or Kuldeep because the ball has changed now.
It will be red-ball cricket now and you had dropped Washi after the first Test only because he had not bowled well. He had scored 85 there as well. You had included him to get batting depth in the pink-ball match. It is not fair on either of them but you should pick a bowling lineup which can take 20 wickets, where I feel Kuldeep is a better option,” said Aakash Chopra.
Chopra, who played 10 Tests for India from 2003-04, has said that India must look to go for a three-pronged spin attack in this important Test match.
India, which is 2-1 ahead in this Test series, needs to win this fourth Test if they wish to qualify for the final of the World Test Championship in England and face New Zealand at the Lord’s in London. If England wins this Test and draws the series, India will be knocked out and Australia will go through.