Veteran England cricketer Michael Vaughan feels Virat Kohli and the team management missed a trick by dropping all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja from playing XI for the Perth Test against Australia.

Virat Kohli opted to play four pace bowlers and no front-line spinner in the second Test match. Umesh Yadav joined the pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, who starred in 31-run Adelaide win, for the second Test.

Vaughan also felt Ravindra Jadeja would have also come handy with the bat. “Think India have made a mistake not playing @imjadeja … Not only for his bowling but his Batting at No 8 … India have a very long tail this Week … Aussies to win … #AUSvIND #Perth,” Vaughan wrote on Twitter.


Earlier, spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin was ruled out of Indian side for the second Test due to injury.

On Friday, Australia opted to bat first after winning the toss. Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he would have chosen to bat too had he won the toss. “But (it’s) not a bad thing to bowl on the first day on a pitch which has a lot of grass on it,” Kohli said. “As batsmen, we’ll have to see how the wicket behaves and it might not be a bad thing to see how it plays out. We’ll look to get in with the ball in the first hour and make some inroads.”