Indian spinners seem to be in their groove when playing at home conditions. However, they tend to struggle while playing away from home, especially in Test matches. In the past, the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been handed ample opportunities, to play for Team India. Significantly, the pair of them have been extremely effective at home, yet somewhat indifferent on the road.
Playing in matches outside of Asia, Jadeja has 14 Test caps, while he has amassed 43 wickets in the same. Whereas in the 33 home games he’s played, the all-rounder has picked up 157 wickets.
Ashwin too has played 21 Tests outside of Asia, wherein he has a tally of 68 wickets to his name.
Moreover, in the 43 matches at home, the veteran has scalped 254.
India’s recent struggles in Tests, against New Zealand, also told a similar story.
So, perhaps its time to experiment and bring in new spin options up to the national team.
Here are five spinners who should get a chance to play for India outside of Asia as well:
5) Shreyas Gopal
Hailing from Karnataka, Shreyas Gopal makes the cut for being one of the spinners who can be impressive outside of Asia, on the back of his impressive track record.
Gopal has played a lot of domestic cricket lately and has impressed one and all with his all-round displays both with the bat and ball.
In his career, Shreyas has played 64 First-class matches wherein he has 194 wickets to his name. Furthermore, the 26-year-old player has scored 2674 runs in as many matches, with an average of 34.28, including four centuries and 11 fifties.
He can be a wild card pick for India’s next Test assignments outside of Asia, however, the selectors must first give him a chance to play for India ‘A’, and prove his mettle there, before making the jump to the national team.