Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar was baffled by the omission of left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in Team India’s playing XI for the fourth Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Kuldeep Yadav was tipped to be India’s number one choice spinner in foreign conditions when he was picked in Sydney in the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy and he ended up taking five wickets.
“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 had told Cricbuzz after Kuldeep picked a five-wicket haul in Sydney. “There is a time for everyone. But now Kuldeep is our frontline number one overseas spinner.”
Thus Ajit Agarkar feels Kuldeep will be absolutely gutted that Washington Sundar was chosen ahead of him. Team India had lost both Ashwin and Jadeja due to back spasm and a dislocated thumb respectively. Thus, everyone thought Kuldeep was certainly going to make his way into the team. However, Sundar’s batting ability gave him the edge as he made his Test debut along with T Natarajan.
“Kuldeep would be very disappointed. He should be. After the last Test of the last series, he was the no.1 spinner for India and hasn’t played a Test since I think? If you are going with five bowlers which they have obviously looked at the experience and they had thought we need a little bit more cushion,” Ajit Agarkar told Sony Sports.
“Going with five bowlers, Washington Sundar playing as an all-rounder which Jadeja was. Why not have another spinner? Gives you better balance in the attack. If the pitch flattens out and there isn’t much for the quicks then suddenly it becomes a one-dimensional attack,” Agarkar pointed out.
Ajit Agarkar believes Kuldeep Yadav could have given the visitors a much-needed variety in their bowling attack.
“Even in that attack, there is no one like a Mitchell Starc who is out and out a quick bowler. Saini’s probably the only one who has got that little bit of extra pace. Kuldeep does provide the variety and he’s done well before in Australia. Very surprised that he is not playing and he must be very disappointed,” Agarkar added.