India had lost the first Test to England in Chennai by 227 points and Indian captain Virat Kohli and team management received a lot of criticism for their choice of bowling resources in the XI. The lack of support from the three main bowlers Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin was missing.
Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar were chosen in the absence of injured Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel and they managed to pick four wickets between them in two sets. Shahbaz Nadeem played 59 rounds for 233 points, while Sundar gave 98 points in 26 rounds in the opening innings, but was only used for one in the second inning.
India should look to add Yuzvendra Chahal to test team: Aakash Chopra
Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra came up with a ready-made solution for this conundrum and suggested that India should consider bringing Yuzvendra Chahal, the leg player, into the test squad. It should be noted here that India has a skater in Rahul Chahar on their test team at the moment, but Chahal is more experienced than Chahar.
In the 31 games Yuzvendra Chahal has played, the cunning spinner has captured 84 wickets for an average of 33.21. Although Chahal is best known for his prowess with the white ball in limited-overs cricket, the presence of an experienced skater would add a lot of variety to India’s bowling arsenal.
Also, it should be mentioned here that England have 5 right handed bowlers in their XI of play. And this makes the inclusion of a leg spinner all the more important in the Indian XI. Haryana’s 30-year-old leggy showed he was a smart operator and could give visiting drummers a hard time if given the chance.
Aakash Chopra’s suggestion is understandable keeping in mind that wrist casters can stack pressure and spin the ball even on the flattest slopes. In addition, it was reported that Axar Patel has recovered from his injuries and should be available for the second test match against England in Chennai.
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Slightly left thought / suggestion …. India should look to add Yuzi Chahal to the test team as soon as possible. Considering that the bio-bubble protocols will take time… try to make it available for the third Test. #IndvEng
– Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 9, 2021