On account of his stupendous performance in the limited-overs fixture against both Ireland and England, wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav managed to grab a spot in the 18-member Indian squad for the first three matches of the five-Test series against England.Also Read - IND vs NZ: Phenomenal Achievement, Says Rahul Dravid of Ravichandran Ashwin's Feat
Kuldeep displayed some impressive bowling performance in the three-match ODI series England where he took nine wickets including 6 for 25 in the first match at Trent Bridge. However, his selection in the Test squad came at the expense of Rohit Sharma, who was not included in the side. Also Read - Feels Absolutely Nothing at All: Ravichandran Ashwin After Becoming India's Third Highest Wicket-Taker
And seems like former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar is not happy with the ‘wrist-spinner’s inclusion’ in the Test squad. “Not liking the trend of wrist spinners getting ahead in race for spots in Tests based on their limited-overs performances,” Manjrekar said on Twitter. Also Read - IND vs NZ, 1st Test: Time Wasted By Umpires Might Have Robbed India a Test Win vs New Zealand, ICC Need to Rethink On Rules of the Game
However, Manjrekar’s tweet did not go well with the fans as many criticised him for his opinion
23-year-old Kuldeep was arguably India’s best bowler in the ODI series which India lost 1-2 against England. And many of the former cricketers had opined that the left-arm chinaman must be included in the Test squad alongside ace Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
India squad for first three Tests: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.