Kuldeep Yadav was once again ignored from the Indian playing XI which took the field in the first Test against Chennai. The much-awaited Test series finally got underway, however, the mystery spinner’s omission from the playing XI raised a few eyebrows. The Indian team suffered a blow with allrounder Axar Patel getting ruled out of the first Test after complaining of pain in his left knee at the training session on Thursday.
The BCCI announced the inclusion of Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Chahar in the squad. But when the playing XI was announced for the first Test by skipper Kohli, Nadeem made it into the team along with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar, but Kuldeep was left out. The left-arm spinner has not been a part of last 13 Test matches for India despite being in the squad since playing his last Test in February 2019.
Meanwhile, former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta said that the young spinner deserves an answer for the team management after being ignored from the playing XI for over two years now.
Kuldeep Yadav Deserves An Answer: Deep Dasgupta
“In Australia, there was an opportunity (for Kuldeep to get selected) he did not. Here (Chepauk) there was a great opportunity again, so where does he stand now? I think that’s an important question. Someone like him needs to get an answer for. I mean what does he have to do, where does he have to do in the pecking order” Deep Dasgupta told Sports Today.
Deep Dasgupta further said that the team management needs to have clear plans for Kuldeep Yadav, who is a matchwinner and has a lot of cricket left in him as per the former cricketer.
“Maybe some clarity is required because he is young, he’s got a lot of cricket left. Maybe he needs to be given some direction in terms of what is expected of him, when he needs to improve. How he wants to go about it. I think he’s got a lot of cricket left in him, he’s really good bowler. He’s a match-winner” added Deep Dasgupta.
Twitterverse reacted in surprise after the left-arm chinaman was left out of the playing XI for the first Test.