Perhaps, the selection of the playing XI is the toughest job in the game of cricket. It would be nice if it comes off but if the result comes out negatively than you will be on the headlines for quite a period. One such mistake has been picking Kuldeep Yadav in Lords’ Test match. Unfortunately, the dilemma is continuing but, here, Murali Kartik is confident on Ravindra Jadeja over India’s chinaman.
Of late, Ravindra Jadeja has been the consistent performer in Test format of the game. But, unfortunately, he will always be on the wrong side of the things when the team Management picks the playing XI in overseas matches.
It will be closely-contested series – Murali Kartik
The former Indian spinner quoted team India has got various combinations in picking for the series against Australia in Tests. However, he feels it would be tough for the management while picking the second spinner in the side.
Meanwhile, he also spoke on Rishabh Pant, whose keeping is going to be the cynosure of the eyes as well. Furthermore, Murali opined the upcoming Test series is going to be a tightly-contested game.
“It is not a 15-member or a 16-member squad. There is no question of limiting your option. They have got enough people there. Someone like Wriddhiman Saha has not recovered who is among the best keepers in the country and it will be interesting to see how Rishabh Pant is going to play there. It will be closely contested series,” he said.
“It is a very tough one (to pick either Kuldeep or Jadeja). But if you look at Ravindra Jadeja’s performance in Test cricket, there is no reason for him to get dropped. It all depends on the surface. Some would say Kuldeep should play. There is a general perception that Adelaide and Sydney are more suitable to spinners but it is not necessary that ball will spin there because these pitches are flat tracks.”
Well, as Murali Kartik said, Ravindra Jadeja is in great nick in all sections of the game. He also got his maiden century against the Windies and also knocked a brilliant half-century against England as well.