Team India’s young spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been going through a rough patch for the last couple of years. Due to that, he didn’t even play in Tests for India for over two years before getting the chance in the second Test match against England in Chennai. Kuldeep picked up 2/25 in the game as well.
However, he once again left out when the series shifted to Ahmedabad for the pink ball Test and Washington Sundar replaced him. Meanwhile, after India’s loss in the first Test, Kohli had cleared the air about Kuldeep Yadav, saying how there were no regrets about not playing him. Now, prior to the fourth and final Test, which will begin Thursday, Virat Kohli was once again asked the reason of Kuldeep’s omission from the D/N Test.
“Kuldeep is bowling better than he has ever bowled before and his head space is excellent. He isn’t playing right now due to combinations of the side, we are wanting an extra batting option due to the likes of Washington and Axar being inexperienced as of now,” Kohli said to the reporters on the eve of the fourth and final Test.
Apart from this, Kohli was asked about Cheteshwar Pujara and his current form, once again and he shared that Pujara continues to remain one of India’s key batsmen and there’s nothing much to talk about lack of runs in the series. Notably, Pujara didn’t have a good season against England. Despite being started the series with a half-century in the first Test, he could only manage the scores of 15, 21, 7 and 0 in the second and third Tests as well.
“Cheteshwar Pujara is aware what he needs to work on. He was previously criticised for not playing well away from home now he is being criticised for a few bad performances at home. I have said this before, he and Jinks (Rahane) are our two most important Test batsmen,” Virat Kohli expressed.