An inseparable part of the Indian cricket team, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, two spinners who were once lost their spots in the coloured jersey after Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav impressed selectors by picking wickets at regular intervals. Kuldeep and Yuzvendra not only contained runs with a tight line but also provided crucial breakthroughs on all sort of tracks. Despite that, Ashwin remained to be India’s go-to man in red-ball cricket but head coach Ravi Shastri has made a bold statement going forward. Shastri told that "Already! He plays overseas Test cricket and he gets five wickets, so he becomes our primary overseas spinner. Going ahead, if we have to play one spinner, he is the one we will pick,".
Considering Ashwin has battled with injuries in the last few months, Kuldeep has also impressed with his variation in red-ball cricket. Shastri lauded Kuldeep’s performance in white flannels and said he would be the spinner if India have to pick just one while playing overseas.
While Shastri said there was time for Ashwin to recover from his injury, he reiterated that Kuldeep will be India’s No. 1 spinner whenever the team plays away from home. "There is a time for everyone (referring to Ashwin's poor fitness record in 2018). But now Kuldeep is our frontline number one overseas spinner," he added. Kuldeep was given a chance in the rain-affected Sydney Test where he made the most of the opportunity and bagged a five-wicket pull. Most of the Australian batsmen looked susceptible against him and failed to read him on most of the occasions.
Shastri said that "He was very impressed with the way Kuldeep bowled in Sydney. Even in Test cricket, it is going to be the age of wrist spin, especially in overseas Test cricket. The way he bowled in Sydney, he becomes our number one spinner in overseas Test cricket,". While Kuldeep and Yuzvendra are all set to make it to the World Cup squad, selectors might also be tempted to take Ravindra Jadeja along as a back-up spinner and also considering he is one of India's finest fielders and a quality all-rounder.