Ravi Shastri in his recent interview talks about Ravichandran Ashwin’s injury, and India’s next best overseas spinner
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have always played a vital role for team India for many years. However, it seems like their spots have now been replaced with the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for the limited over cricket.
Both Chahal and Kuldeep have impressed the selectors by taking wickets in a proper frequency and summoning runs whenever required. Regardless of their performances, Ashwin has always been India’s go-to man man in red-ball cricket but head coach Ravi Shastri has made a bold statement going forward.
Ashwin has been struggling with his injuries lately and in the meanwhile impressed the cricket fraternity with his variations in test cricket. Ravi Shastri praised Kuldeep’s performance and said he would be the spinner if India have to pick just one while playing overseas. “Already! He plays overseas Test cricket and he gets five wickets, so he becomes our primary overseas spinner. Going ahead, if we have to play one spinner, he is the one we will pick,” Shastri told Cricbuzz.
The head coach also mentioned that Kuldeep will be India’s No. 1 spinner whenever the team plays away from home. “There is a time for everyone (referring to Ashwin’s poor fitness record in 2018). But now Kuldeep is our frontline number one overseas spinner,” he added.
“I was very impressed with the way Kuldeep bowled in Sydney. Even in Test cricket, it is going to be the age of wrist spin, especially in overseas Test cricket. The way he bowled in Sydney, he becomes our number one spinner in overseas Test cricket,” Shastri added.
While Kuldeep and Chahal have almost grabbed their tickets for England, selectors might also add Ravindra Jadeja as a back-up spinner taking into consideration his finest fielding and an ace all-rounder.
Kuldeep was given the opportunity to ball in the rain-affected Sydney Test where he utilizied the chance to the fullest and bagged a five-wicket haul. Many Australian batsmen looked weak against him and failed to read him on most of the occasions, whereas, Chahal still surprises with his witty variations.