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Kohli Might be tempted to play new spin duo in Tests

Kohli Might be tempted to play new spin duo in Tests

The English batting line-up has time and again succumbed to the twin Indian wrist spinners in the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Cricket news: England have faced problems dealing with India’s spin department

It is especially the Chinaman, whose variation has left the English batsmen bewildered, and they have succumbed to his guile.

After the first T20I, where Kuldeep took five wickets, he again had England in tatters in the first ODI, taking six wickets for 25 runs and dealing a major damage after England’s strong start.

Having seen the awkwardness of the opponents, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has hinted that he might use one or both the wrist spinners in the Tests which will begin after the ODI series.

"Anything is possible with the selections for Tests and there might be a few surprises. Kuldeep is making a strong case for himself and so is Chahal. And looking at the way, the English batsmen have struggled against them, we might be tempted to do it," Kohli said in the post-match conference after first ODI.

Kuldeep has the stronger chance as he had taken 11 wickets from 3 matches so far and played a major role in securing the T20I series and the first ODI as well.

Kuldeep has also played two Tests for India, but those were in spin-friendly environment. In England he will not find ideal conditions, but has still managed to bamboozle the opponents.

"When it comes to longer game, you need players to make an impact. These two wrist spinners have been making the difference since they have come in. They did it in South Africa in the middle overs. They remain as our key weapons," Kohli added.

However Kohli does not want to talk too much about the future and wants to currently focus on the ongoing ODI series.

"The focus now is winning the next two games. Especially the next game, looking at it from the series perspective. The weather has been lovely. It has been very welcoming. The crowd support has been brilliant. The tour is really long and there is some tough cricket ahead of us which we are looking forward to," he said.

According to recent history, India has not made a surprise squad selection in Tests as they already have two top ranked spinners in the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. But soon Kuldeep and Chahal will definitely start playing in whites on regular basis.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77