India captain Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in three Tests after regular captain Virat Kohli on paternity leave after the opening series in Adelaide, has a special message for Kuldeep Yadav and Kartik Tyagi after India’s historic victory in Brisbane.
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:08
India has had to record 20 different cricketers in four Test matches against Australia, five of which – Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar and T Natarajan – are debutants while Shardul Thakur only threw 10 balls in his hand. Test debut before coming to this series. Although many new faces are fulfilling their dream of playing test cricket for India, two young people have to go home without playing a game. One of them – Kartik Tyagi – was only there as a net bowler but the other – Kuldeep Yadav – had five goals to his name in his last Test in Australia in 2018-19.
India captain Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in three Tests after regular captain Virat Kohli on paternity leave following the draw in Adelaide, has a special message for Kuldeep and Tyagi after India’s historic victory in Brisbane.
“It’s a big moment for all of us. What’s happening in Adelaide, how we come back from Melbourne onwards is great to see. Everybody is putting in their effort, everyone contributes, it’s not about one or two individuals. I just want to do it. Name it. Just Kuldeep Yadav and Kartik Tyagi, “said Rahane in the dressing room whose video BCCI uploaded on social media, Saturday.
Rahane said Kuldeep’s time would come, suggesting that the left wrist spinner might play against England.
“Kuldeep, I know it’s tough for you, you don’t play the game here but your attitude is very good. Your time will come, keep working hard. Your Kartik is amazing, “added Rahane.
Kuldeep traveled to Australia as a third spinner behind R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but even after injuries to both, India opted to go with the versatile Washington Sundar and four tailors – two of whom were debutants – at the Sydney Test.
With Jadeja now absent from the first two home Tests against England, Kuldeep may only find a place as a second spinner alongside Ashwin. The fact that the first two Tests are in Chennai, a place known for helping spinners, may come to his advantage when the India vs England series starts from February 5.
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