Ravi Shastri is right, Kuldeep and not Ashwin India’s No.1 away spinner: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgSecond in list of India’s all time highest wicket taking spinners in Test cricket, Harbhajan Singh seconds head coach Ravi Shastri’s call that Kuldeep Yadav and not Ravichandran Ashwin is now the team’s no 1 Test spinner in overseas conditions.”With what Ravi bhai (Shastri) has said about Kuldeep being your no.1 spinner in overseas conditions, I think the team is now going to that zone where they are looking for wicket taking options.Look, R Ashwin started off so well in England and was a joy to watch in the first Test but he lost his way as the series progressed and Moeen Ali overshadowed him. It’s a tough call but I am sure it’s in the best interest of the team,” Harbhajan told India Today.Ashwin has been India’s leading Test spinner after Harbhajan lost steam but two back to series in England and Australia, where he failed to last throughout due to fitness issues, along with injuries has pegged him back.”There is a time for everyone. But now Kuldeep is our frontline number one overseas spinner. I was very impressed with the way Kuldeep bowled in Sydney. Even in Test cricket, it is going to be the age of wrist spin, especially in overseas Test cricket,” Shastri told Cricbuzz in an interview.Besides there is a huge disparity in Ashwin’s home and away record which may have prompted India’s coach to send a message across.”Ashwin’s home record is impressive but his overseas record is not the same. That’s why the team management seem to think Kuldeep should be preferred over Ashwin,” Harbhajan said.advertisement”Kuldeep Yadav made most of the opportunity he got. To get five wickets away like he did at Sydney is no mean task. I think Jadeja did well too by performing at Melbourne, Sydney and at the Oval in England. So I think this spin duo could take things forward from here,” he added.Harbhajan also concurred with Ravi Shastri, also a left arm spinnner of his time that wrist spinners will continue to have an edge across formats in the future.”Wrist spinners are in demand simply because they have more variations. You have a leg spinner, a googly, a flipper and top spinner. Than of course you have other small variations like decieving in the flight.Talking about finger spinners, if you are a off spinner who does not have a ‘doosra’ or a caroom ball or a ball that goes away, your difficulty will compound. Unless you are a Muralitharan who would spin so big that you know runs will only come from the leg side because if the batsmen tries to hit through the off side it will still create wicket taking opportunities. To survive in today’s cricket you need more than one variation,” he observed.Also Read | MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli at No 4 in World Cup? Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri differAlso Read | India, England hot favourites for 2019 World Cup: Shane WarneAlso Read | Pant should play 2019 World Cup, New Zealand T20Is great opportunity for him: HarbhajanAlso Read | Finger spinners need to reinvent to remain relevant in ODIs: HarbhajanAlso Read | This Indian team has shoved the word overseas into a bin: Ravi Shastrilast_img

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