Rahul said that he does not regret the decision to drop Kuldeep
Kuldeep, who played a key role in India’s 188-run victory in the first Test in Chittagong, was dropped from the second match for keeping Jaydev Unadkat as an additional fast bowler, which was criticized by many former players including Sunil Gavaskar. .
India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul on Sunday admitted that the team missed Kuldeep Yadav in the second innings but did not regret leaving the left-arm wrist spinner out of the second Test against Bangladesh. Kuldeep, who played a key role in India’s 188-run victory in the first Test in Chittagong, was dropped from the second match for keeping Jaydev Unadkat as an additional fast bowler, which was criticized by many former players including Sunil Gavaskar. .
Defending his decision after the match, Rahul told reporters, “I don’t regret my decision.” It was the right decision. If you look at the wicket, our fast bowlers also got a lot of wickets and they were getting help from the pitch. The wicket had a lot of uneven bounce.” Chasing a target of 145, India were struggling at 74 for seven at one stage. After this, Ravichandran Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer shared an unbroken 71-run partnership for the eighth wicket to take the team to the target.
Rahul said, “We took this decision based on our experience of playing here in ODIs. We saw that fast and spin bowlers are getting help here. It was a balanced team and I think our decision was right. Kuldeep made a spectacular comeback after 22 months, taking eight wickets in the first Test and also played a fighting innings of 40 runs. He was adjudged man of the match in that test. Rahul said, “It was a difficult decision, especially after he performed well in the first Test match. But after seeing the pitch a day before the match, we felt that it will help the fast bowlers and hence we decided to field the best and balanced team.
The Indian team especially missed Kuldeep in the second innings. Bangladesh’s score was 70 for four at one time but in the end they managed to score 231 runs. Rahul said that if there was a rule to field an ‘impact player’ in Test matches, he would have preferred to field Kuldeep in the second innings. This type of rule is going to be implemented in the Indian Premier League (IPL) from next year.
He said, “If there was an impact player rule here like in IPL, I would definitely have liked to field Kuldeep in the second innings.” In the Test series against Bangladesh, Rahul (57 runs) and Virat Kohli ( 45 runs) was a disappointing performance but the stand-in captain attributed this to playing the longer format immediately after the limited overs series. He said, “When you play in all three formats, it is difficult to adjust from one format to another. Personally I think it just takes some time.
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