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Ravi Shastri wants Kuldeep Yadav to be India’s 3rd spinner

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes Ravichandran Ashwin’s form will determine the outcome of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and he does not want the team’s star spinner to “over-plan” against Australia in the next four-match Test series. Shastri, who led India to back-to-back Test series victories in Australia, has no difficulty in selecting Kuldeep Yadav as the third spinner while maintaining Suryakumar Yadav as a dangerous middle-order game-changer.

Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has advised the Indian team management to pick left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav over Axar Patel in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which begins on February 9.

Vidarbha and Gujarat played a Ranji Trophy encounter at Nagpur’s VCA Stadium just a few weeks ago, and the visitors fell by 18 runs despite only needing to chase 72 runs. Aditya Sarwate, a Vidarbha left-arm orthodox spinner, ripped through Gujarat’s batting order, claiming six wickets to give the hosts an unlikely win.

Ravi Shastri’s thoughts

The Border-Gavaskar series opener will be contested in Nagpur over a month later, and the emphasis will be on having a strong spin assault to take advantage of the likely spin-friendly conditions.

Ravichandran Ashwin is an easy option for India, with Ravindra Jadeja likely to follow. However, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar are battling for the third spinner spot.

When discussing the selection conundrum, former India head coach Ravi Shastri chose Kuldeep, stating that his left-arm wrist spinner status gives him an advantage against Axar, whose skill set is quite similar to Jadeja’s.

The wickets in India are more suited to spinners, and slow bowlers are expected to have a significant effect on the series’ outcome. Each team consists of four spinners.

After beating Australia in three consecutive series in 2017, 2018-19, and 2020-21, India presently possesses the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia, on the other hand, is seeking to duplicate its Test series success against India in 2004.

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