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


“You don’t get left-arm wrist spinners everyday,” said former pacer Irfan Pathan, firmly backing Kuldeep Yadav and hoped that there would be a place for him in the Indian team.

The Test-series against England. Kuldeep has been warming the bench for more than three months now but Pathan said he is a “unique bowler” who would do well in the upcoming Test assignment, starting 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 told PTI in an interaction.

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“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 unique bowler. The guy is about 25-26 and this is where he is going to get maturity. Whenever he gets opportunity, first Test, second Test, whenever he will be raring to go and I am pretty sure that he will do well. ”

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

“When it comes to England, look at the history. If you are a leg-spinner, you always have a chance of performing well,” said Pathan.

“I just hope that whenever he (Kuldeep) plays, he does really 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 the combination of the series-opener, Pathan said fielding three spinners would not be a bad option, considering the nature of the Chennai pitch.

“It depends on the wickets but there is a high chance in Chennai they play three spinners because we see how Chennai pitch can really help the spinners with that extra bounce as well and the soil, which is very conducive for spin bowling,” he elaborated. .

“India is such a good side that even if they have to play three fast bowlers, they will be ready to play, in any kind 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 conditions which is helping, with dry pitches, you will definitely see three spinners playing,” 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 could be a chance because if you play Washington Sundar, you are not playing Washington Sundar just for pure ability for his bowling, you are playing him as an all-rounder,” Pathan said.

“He bats really well and he can really do well as a spinner in India specially when the conditions are really helping the spinners and we have always seen wrist-spinners are important.

“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.

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