After facing a defeat in the first Test match against England, Team India’s next target is the second Test match in Vizag. Even after dominating England in the first innings, Team India suffered in the match. But the Indian spinners performed exceptionally well. After the match, Ravindra Jadeja sustained a hamstring injury. While talking about his absence, former Indian captain Anil Kumble backed Kuldeep Yadav in the second Test match.
India’s Defeat and Jadeja’s Injury:
India faced disappointment in the initial clash, allowing England to seize a 1-0 series lead. While the Indian spinners, Jadeja and Ashwin, shone in the first innings with three wickets each, the batting lineup struggled in the last innings against England’s attack. Lacking substantial partnerships, they succumbed to a 28-run defeat.
Post-match, another blow hit the team as Jadeja suffered a hamstring injury, ruling him out of the second Test. The setback poses an added challenge for India as they aim to bounce back and level the series in the upcoming match.
Anil Kumble’s Vission:
The ex-India captain and coach Anil Kumble suggested that Kuldeep’s diverse skills could benefit the Rohit Sharma-led team in Vizag for the second Test. However, he’s uncertain about playing four spinners in the middle. He added that the second Test’s surface might favor spinners again, but the pace on the wicket could be quicker this time.
He said, “I am not really sure whether you need a fourth spinner. But if India feels that they need only one fast bowler then having Kuldeep will certainly help. He will have variations but England will come and do the same things they did in Hyderabad. The wicket could be a turning one and we are expecting the pace to be quicker than this.”
India faced a heartbreaking defeat in the first Test match against England. Kumble expressed dissatisfaction with India’s performance in the first Test in Hyderabad and anticipates an improved effort in the second match. While talking about this, he said, “This was slow but it was a good wicket if you applied yourself. India certainly needs to buckle up with their approach to playing against spin because I felt the approach of a couple of batters wasn’t positive and even the footwork wasn’t what you expected.”