New Delhi: Shardul Thakur provides balance in the playing XI in England conditions but India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday indicated that the team management will look at a player who can take 20 wickets while deciding on the Mumbai pacer’s option. can help with cracking.
Who will get the chance, Ashwin or Ishant?
This statement of Kohli can be considered both favorable and unfavorable for veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Thakur was preferred over Ashwin as a fast bowling all-rounder in the first Test. Kohli’s statement could also mean that he has confidence in Ashwin’s wicket-taking ability and it could also be that Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav will give more strength to the bowling attack than the few runs scored by Ashwin.
Thakur got hurt
Giving information about Thakur being ruled out of the second Test due to a strain in his left leg, Kohli said in a pre-match press conference, “The good thing is that Jadeja has scored runs in the first Test and he is more confident in the second match.” Will come together, we already have depth in our batting and the lower order is also contributing with the bat. Yes, Shardul has more batting potential but Pujara, Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) and I didn’t score enough runs.
Only a bowler will get a chance
The captain said that he will not look much into the batsman’s ability while deciding on Thakur’s option. He said, ‘Every match is an opportunity for other batsmen to take responsibility. Rohit and KL Rahul played really well and we were very comfortable with our position as a batting unit and we don’t feel we will have one batsman less if Shardul doesn’t play. Kohli once again indicated that he wants to follow the path of the first Test in the second Test as well.