England batsman may not have faced much difficult facing Kuldeep Yadav in last two ODIs after suffering in the first ODI, but former England left-arm spinner Phil Tufnell says it will be better if India plays Kuldeep in the England test series. He also said that selectors have did a good job by picking the “rare” talent for the red ball cricket.
“You don’t come across too many left-arm wrist spinners. There are a few leg spinners around across all formats. Kuldeep is a rare bowler. When you come across his type of bowling, you need to really work it out because it is something you haven’t seen before. It is a special thing, and a rarity really,” said Tufnell.
“I would definitely play him,” when asked if he will pick Yadav for the first test starting 1 August in Birminghan.
“It’s a good thing India haven’t sent Kuldeep home. Just look at the weather we have had. I think it is set to be similarly fair for the next month or so. So you never know India might even play three spinners depending on pitches and their combinations.
India allready have two test specialists in Ashwin and Jadeja but Tufnell said that he wants to see Kuldeep in the playing 11.
“India have three world class spinners in their Test squad, but I would definitely think of Kuldeep. I would want him hanging close around the English batsmen,” he added.
Indian squad for England test series-
Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.