Kuldeep Yadav not playing in a single game during the Test series in Australia raised a number of eyebrows. The left-arm spinner was being widely tipped to play in the series especially in the last Test when Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were sidelined due to injuries. Kuldeep Yadav had picked up a five-wicket haul in the last Test of the 2018/19 tour of Australia.
And thus it was expected that he would at least get a chance in the fourth Test. However, the team-management sprung a huge surprise by handing a debut to Washington Sundar. The treatment meted out to Kuldeep Yadav in recent times have made many believe that the chinaman spinner has fallen down the pecking order.
Well, the Indian team management is likely to give Kuldeep Yadav a chance in the forthcoming four-Test series against England. In a recent video posted on BCCI’s website, India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane praise Kuldeep Yadav for his attitude in Australia and assured him that his time would come. India bowling coach Bharat Arun too said that Kuldeep would play in India.
“It was tough for you. You didn’t play a game here but your attitude was really good. We are going to India now, your time will come. So keep working hard,” said Ajinkya Rahane.
“That’s okay (if he didn’t get to play). I think he is working hard enough. He has been excellent. I think horses-for-courses is the policy we use. And mind you, when Kuldeep gets a chance to play, he will show what he can do, because I think he is bowling magnificently now [at nets]. And in India, when we play these four Test matches, that will be his time,” said Arun.
“Every time Kuldeep has played for India, he has done exceptionally well. The only chance he got in the T20 game, he bowled a fantastic spell. Every player in this team knows that when his chance comes, it will be of great importance to the team,” added Arun.
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