BCCI announced the Test squad for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, and the five match Test series against England that will be held in August-September. Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, all returned to the squad, whereas, a few were unlucky to miss out.
Prithvi Shaw and Hardik Pandya were among the notable omissions from the squad. Shaw had a terrific domestic season, and was firing on all cylinders in the IPL. Another omission which has raised a few eyebrows is Kuldeep Yadav. The Indian spinner did not play a single match against Australia, and played only Test against England earlier this year.
Former Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra believes that Kuldeep’s exclusion is a little harsh, although he has not played much cricket in the past.
In an interaction with ESPNcricinfo, Aakash Chopra said: “Personally, even Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion is a little harsh. He has not played too much cricket, so to make the formal opinion that he does not make the cut, I feel that he is a little hard done by.”
“He bowled only one Test against England, on a raging turner. Picked up a couple of wickets at the end. Did not play the pink-ball Test. Now he is not playing the entire series. “Not just the WTC final, but also the five-match Test series against England. In Covid times, you have the luxury of playing larger squads, so why not Kuldeep Yadav,” Chopra added.
Aakash Chopra further stated that the Indian squad includes four finger spinner in the form of Ravi Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. However, the former batsman felt that the inclusion of a wrist spinner could have been better, especially when the English batsman struggled against them.
“You get as many as four-spin bowling options – Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, and Axar Patel – but all of them are finger-spinners. So, why not a wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav against a side that tends to struggle against them,” he concluded.