Team India skipper Virat Kohli has revealed why Kuldeep Yadav is not getting a place in the playing XI of Team India in Test cricket. Kuldeep made his return to the playing XI after almost two years in the second Test against England.
However, Kuldeep yadav bowled just over 12 overs. To make things worse, he was left out of the playing XI for the third Test as Washington Sundar returned to the playing XI as an extra spin-bowling all-rounder.
Speaking on the eve of the fourth and final Test, Virat Kohli clarified that there was no issue whatsoever with the skillsets of Kuldeep. Kohli believes it is all about the team combination in the end, which often results in him gettting dropped.
“There is no issue with skill or headspace. His game is absolutely precise. He is bowling better than he has ever bowled before. Combinations, we need to make sure we cover all facets of the game and have our strongest squad on the park,” said Virat Kohli.
With Ravindra Jadeja out of the team with a fractured thumb, Axar Patel has been roped-in as a like-for-like replacement. Jadeja’s injury, coupled by Axar and R Ashwin’s all-round exploits have seen Kuldeep being dropped from the team.
Virat Kohli admitted had Jadeja been fully-fit, the team might have considered playing Kuldeep regularly, given their batting depth. But, his injury is indirectly costing Kuldeep Yadav a place in the playing XI.
“See when Jadeja is playing, Kuldeep comes into the picture because of Jadeja’s experience with the bat and the number of times he has done the job for the team. Kuldeep is a very skilful bowler and will always be in consideration for whatever games we have in front of us,” he added.
According to reports, the team managment is likely to back Kuldeep, ahead of Washington Sundar, for the fourth Test. Virat, however, opted not to comment on the playing XI for the final Test when asked about the same.