Micheal Vaughan was disappointed not to see Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI of India in the first Test. Before the Test series, it was assumed that the management will play Kuldeep Yadav after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the series. However once again Kuldeep Yadav was sidelined that wasn’t appreciated by fans and experts on social media.
The left-arm unorthodox spinner sat on the bench throughout the Australian tour even after so many injuries to Indian bowlers. In the opening Test at Chennai, team India picked Shahbaz Nadeem ahead of Kuldeep Yadav which shocked everyone. Vaughan on Twitter questioned the decision of not picking the left-arm spinner and said if Kuldeep will not play in India with so many injury issues then where will he get his opportunity.
Ridiculous decision not to play Kuldeep Yadav- Micheal Vaughan
“Ridiculous decision by #India not to play @imkuldeep18!!! If he isn’t going to play at home with the injuries they have when is he going to play !!! #INDvENG,” Vaughan tweeted.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 5, 2021
Meanwhile, Vaughan among other former cricketers believed that Kuldeep would have added variety in the Indian bowling attack. The talented spinner was again unlucky to miss out as India went in with Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar and Nadeem. The trio wasn’t able to make an impact as England scored a mammoth 578 in the first innings of the Chennai Test match.
The visitors made full use of the batting-friendly conditions and punished the Indian bowlers. Somebody like a Kuldeep would have surely taken the pitch out of the equation and troubled the England batsmen.
The 26-year-old will be hoping to make a comeback in the second Test which will again be played at Chennai. Kuldeep Yadav has so far played 6 Tests matches in which he has picked 24 wickets including 2 wicket hauls against Australia.