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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1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2


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1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55


RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75