Not taking “your best swing bowler” Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the tour of England is a big mistake, and Shardul Thakur should have been part of the 15-man squad for the World Cup final that India lost, the former feels selector Sarandeep Singh.
As Thakur was not part of the fifteen man, he could not be drafted into the squad as the fast bowler after rain in Southampton made the conditions more favorable for the fast bowlers.
And not choosing Bhuvneshwar for the WTC final and the five Tests against England starting on August 4 is surprising, said Sarandeep, whose term of office ended earlier this year with the triumph in Australia.
“The play-off eleven selected two days before the game was perfect with two spinners in. But that had to be changed as the conditions were conducive to fast bowling (after rain),” Sarandeep said.
“You chose the two spinners (Ravinchandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja) because they can bat. The only fast bowler who could bat was Shardul and he was not in the 15. He should have been there in the 15, regardless of whether he made the eleven or not in the end. ‘
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Sarandeep spoke of a rebellious Bhuvneshwar, who was named vice-captain next month for the limited tour in Sri Lanka, and the smart pacemaker was an automatic choice in the British group.
‘Not taking Bhuvi to England is a big mistake. He’s the best swing bowler you have and he’s not even part of the group. ‘ He also feels the time has come to take care of someone like Shardul for the fast bowler’s lock with Hardik Pandya not fitting enough to bowl in the longest format.
“You can no longer just rely on Hardik. You do not know when he will be fit enough to bowl in all formats, so someone like Shardul needs to be taken care of, or even Vijay Shankar or Shivam Dube are there.”
He expects Mohammed Siraj to play regularly over England’s five Tests.
“There will be rotation in the series. It’s the right time to bleed into Siraj and give him as many matches as you can. He bowls well. If there is a long gap, he will find it difficult to get the right length to be found immediately.
“It takes a bit of flexibility. You play your two spinners, but if the conditions fit the fit, then the extra seam bowler plays,” Sarandeep said.
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The former India spinner also agrees with Indian captain Virat Kohli, who asked for more setup while batting in cloudy conditions.
“Our bowling has been good for a while, but the problem is the batsmen. (Shubman) Gill could not perform in the home series against England. He played well in the opening session with Rohit (in WTC) but could not convert. Gill must now take responsibility and absorb the pressure.
“What’s clear now is that you can not play too much defensively if the ball does a lot. Whether it’s (Cheteshwar) Pujara or (Ajinkya) Rahane or anyone else. You have to get to a certain point around the conditions. to counteract.
‘It’s too early to ask for a refurbishment, but a change of approach is very necessary from the batsmen. Even in Australia, the lower order made those important runs. We need players to take the pressure off Kohli and Rohit. ‘
Sarandeep also pointed out that India could not win an ICC meeting under Kohli, although he consistently played well.
“They deserve to win, they’ve been playing well for over four years, but why that’s not happening means something’s wrong,” he said.