After a thumping eight-wicket victory over England in the first of the three scheduled One Day Internationals, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he is tempted to play his ‘key weapons’ Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the upcoming five-Test series against England, considering their stellar performance in the ongoing limited-overs leg of the tour.
While chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav has already played two Tests, Yuzvendra Chahal is yet to earn coveted cap in the longest format of the game.
Speaking to media at the post-match conference, Virat said: “Anything is possible with the selections for Tests and there might be a few surprises. Kuldeep is making a strong case for himself and so is Chahal. And looking at the way, the English batsmen have struggled against them, we might be tempted to do it.”
“But the focus now is winning the next two games. Especially the next game, looking at it from the series perspective. The weather has been lovely. It has been very welcoming. The crowd support has been brilliant. The tour is really long and there is some tough cricket ahead of us which we are looking forward to,” Virat Kohli added.
The 23-year-old left-arm spinner, Kuldeep, has been lethal in both ODI and T20 games and has amassed 18 wickets this tour. Kuldeep Yadav was the main difference between India and English side in the opening ODI match as he set up a comprehensive win with a career-best six for 25.
Captain Kohli also heaped praises on ‘hit man’ Rohit Sharma.
“Those wrist spinners in the middle overs are going to be tricky. Given more overs and more time in the middle, they become even more lethal. Kuldeep was outstanding. To give away 25 runs and pick up 6 wickets on that kind of a wicket, I don’t think I have seen a better spell of bowling in ODIs of late,” Virat said.
“After that, Rohit batted very long and finished the game for us. We made a tactical decision (at Bristol) looking at the dimensions of the ground and the breeze flowing into the shorter boundary,” Virat added.
“When it comes to longer game, you need players to make an impact. These two wrist spinners have been making the difference since they have come in. They did it in South Africa in the middle overs. They remain as our key weapons,” Kohli concluded.