India’s tour of England started quite brilliantly for the visitors. They started off with a brilliant series victory against the home side in a 3 match T20I series. India played a terrific brand of cricket which saw them thrash England in the first and the final game. Rohit Sharma smashed a sensational century in the deciding T20I. KL Rahul, on the other hand, struck a wonderful century in the opening encounter.
However, chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has been the talk of the Indian team. He has bamboozled top-class English batsmen with his guile and variations. He bagged 5 wickets in the opening T20I and followed it up with a sensational 6 wicket haul in the opening ODI. He bagged the prized wickets of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and many others.
Kuldeep Yadav has been a revelation in the Indian team. Given his exceptional abilities, he will be a trump card for India in the 5 match Test series. In all likelihood, he will be a part of the playing XI. English speedster James Anderson believes that patience will be the key to pick Kuldeep in the Test series. It will be interesting to see how things out pan out in less than a week.
Advice from Anderson to play Kuldeep
“Even at home, the conditions are going to be different in every game you play. So you have to adapt to those conditions as quickly as possible. We have seen with Kuldeep Yadav that there is still an element of surprise, at least in white ball cricket.”
“It is not all about watching the footage. It is also about who adapts to those conditions the best, who is the most patient in Test cricket, who is the most skilful. And generally, people who are more patient and skilful are on top in the end,” he added.
India has increased the number of Tests against England by a considerable amount of margin. The 5 Test series is the actual test for both teams who have been powerhouses in world cricket. In the year 2021 India will be playing 10 Tests against England on either side of the IPL. “I think we found it harder the last time in 2016 because, in 2012, we had two great spinners in Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, who made the seamers’ job a lot easier,” he said.
“It meant that you could come on for a quick four-over spell and give it your all knowing that you have those quality spinners coming on after. We didn’t have that quality when we went back there in 2016, which made it a little bit more difficult for us,” he added.