‘Who should be India’s spinner for the pink-ball Test?’- This is one of the questions that has been doing the rounds in the cricket fraternity as India and Australia gear up to lock horns in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar series. The much-anticipated series gets underway on December 17 at the Adelaide Oval.
The choice for the spinner will be between Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav. In overseas conditions, India have preferred just one specialist spinner in their playing eleven in recent years and it is highly likely that the same method will be followed for the pink-ball Test.
In fact, it won’t be surprising if no specialist spinner plays the pink-ball Test. India had benched both Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav for the pink-ball tour game. But if India indeed decides to pick one, former Australia spinner Shane Warne has backed Kuldeep Yadav to play ahead of experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
“India won their first ever Test series two years ago because of their fast bowlers and how their batsmen face the fast bowlers. So, I don’t think that 4 pace attack will work, I think you need that variety in you attack. I would say Jadeja. Kuldeep Yadav is fantastic. I love watching Kuldeep bowl,” Shane Warne told Sports Tak.
“The Australia conditions suits Kuldeep Yadav more than Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin has really struggled in Australia and have not done well here. Kuldeep Yadav has done really well. In case (injured) Jadeja is out, I will play Kuldeep Yadav. I will have three quicks and a spinner. I will definitely pick Kuldeep ahead of Ashwin,” he added.
It should be noted that Kuldeep Yadav had picked up a five-wicket haul in India’s last Test in Australia. The left-arm spinner had come up with the scintillating performance during the Sydney Test in 2019.