IND vs ENG: India Should Play Kuldeep Yadav Against England, Says Irfan Pathan


“You don’t get left-arm wrist spinners everyday,” former pacer Irfan Pathan stated, firmly backing Kuldeep Yadav and hoped that there will probably be place for him within the Indian group for the Test-series towards England. Kuldeep has been warming the bench for greater than three months now however Pathan stated he’s a “unique bowler” who would do effectively within the upcoming Test task, beginning February 5 in Chennai. “It is very important from the team management point of view how they keep mind-set of a player, who is not playing. I am sure they must be doing a right job, and that’s why the guys, when we saw some of the youngsters, they came and played really well,” Pathan instructed PTI in an interplay.

“I am sure they must be supporting and backing Kuldeep Yadav because he has got immense talent. You don’t find left-arm wrist spinners on every-day-basis.

“He is a novel bowler. The man is about 25-26 and that is the place he’s going to get maturity. Whenever he will get alternative, first Test, second Test, every time he will probably be raring to go and I’m fairly positive that he’ll do effectively.”

Further making a case for Kuldeep to play against England, Pathan cited history.

“When it involves England, take a look at the historical past. If you’re a leg-spinner, you at all times have an opportunity of performing effectively,” said Pathan.

“I simply hope that every time he (Kuldeep) performs, he does very well,” added Pathan, who has played 29 Tests and 120 ODIs for India.

Kuldeep has so far played six Tests and picked 24 wickets. He played his last Test against Australia at Sydney in January 2019.

Asked about combination of the series-opener, Pathan said fielding three spinners would not be a bad option, considering the nature of the Chennai pitch.

“It relies on the wickets however there’s a excessive likelihood in Chennai they play three spinners as a result of we see how Chennai pitch can actually assist the spinners with that additional bounce as effectively and the soil, which may be very conducive for spin bowling,” he elaborated.

“India is such a very good aspect that even when they must play three quick bowlers, they are going to be able to play, in any form of pitch,” he said, adding that now there is more pronounced seam in the red ball as well, which can help both spinners and fast bowlers equally.

“But circumstances which helps, with dry pitches, you’ll undoubtedly see three spinners enjoying,” he added.

Pathan also forsees a scenario where young Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin can play together in the four Test series, of which the final two Tests will be held in Ahmedabad.

“There may an opportunity as a result of when you play Washington Sundar, you aren’t enjoying Washington Sundar only for pure capability for his bowling, you might be enjoying him as an all-rounder,” Pathan said.

“He bats very well and he can actually do effectively as a spinner in India specifically when the circumstances are actually serving to the spinners and we now have at all times seen wrist-spinners are necessary.

“But on Indian pitches finger spinners can be very very useful, specially guys who can bowl fast-spin like (Ravindra) Jadeja. He (Sundar) can play a similar role even (though) he is an off-spinner, there could be a chance where you could see Ashwin, Washington Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav, these three guys playing,” the left-arm pacer added.

Pathan predicted a 2-1 win for India within the Test collection.

“Definitely India will win the series, no doubt about that. England side has done really well, just recently in Sri Lanka, pitches are similar and for them Joe Root will be the key,” he added.


“Lot of people are talking about their spin department but I am really looking forward to see how their pace bowling department goes.

“Their high quality quick bowlers, Jofra Archer, James Anderson, Stuart Board, Chris Woakes, in the event that they keep match for all of the 4 Test matches, it will be a aggressive collection,” he stated.

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