Not taking Bhuvneshwar to UK as a huge mistake, Shardul should have been part of the WTC: Sarandeep squad


Not taking “your best swing thrower” Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the England tour is a huge mistake and Shardul Thakur should have been part of the 15-man squad for the World Trial Championship final as India lost, said former coach Sarandeep Singh.

Since Thakur was not part of the 15-man squad, he could not be drafted into the eleven-man squad as the all-rounder in the fast bowling after the rain at Southampton made conditions more favorable for bowlers in pace.

And not picking Bhuvneshwar for the WTC final and the five tests against England from August 4 is baffling, said Sarandeep, whose term ended with triumph in Australia earlier this year.

“The eleven players chosen two days ago before the game were perfect with two spinners. But that should have been changed as conditions became more conducive to fast bowling (after the rain), ”Sarandeep told PTI.

“You picked the two spinners (Ravinchandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja) because they can hit. The only fast pitcher who could beat was Shardul and he wasn’t in the 15. He should have been there in the 15-man squad whether he finally made the 11 or not.

Speaking of a return to form for Bhuvneshwar, who was named vice-captain of the Sri Lanka limited tour next month, Sarandeep said the playmaker was an automatic pick in the British squad.

“Not taking Bhuvi to England is a huge mistake. He’s the best swing pitcher you’ve got and he’s not even on the team.

He also thinks the time has come to prepare someone like Shardul for the versatile fast bowling slot machine with Hardik Pandya not fit enough to bowling in the longest format.

“You can no longer rely solely on Hardik. You don’t know when he’ll be fit enough to bowling in all formats so someone like Shardul needs to be groomed or even Vijay Shankar or Shivam Dube are there.

He expects Mohammed Siraj to play regularly in the five Tests against England.

“There will be a rotation in this series. Now is a good time to donate blood to Siraj and give him as many games as possible. He plays well at bowling. If there is a long gap, he would have a hard time finding the right length right away.

“A little flexibility is needed. You play with your two spinners, but if the conditions are right for the leaders, play the extra crimper, ”said Sarandeep.

The former Indian spinner also agrees with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who called for more intention while pounding on an overcast day.

“Our bowling has been going well for a while now, but the batsman is the problem. (Shubman) Gill was unable to play in the home series against England. He played well in the opening session with Rohit (in WTC) but couldn’t convert. Gill needs to take responsibility now and take the pressure off.

“What is clear now is that you can’t play too much defensively if the ball goes a lot. Whether it’s (Cheteshwar) Pujara or (Ajinkya) Rahane or whoever else. comfort zone after a certain point to counter the conditions.

“It’s too early to ask for an overhaul, but a change of approach is very necessary from the batsmen. Even in Australia, the lower order made these crucial races. We need players to relieve Kohli and Rohit. “

Sarandeep also pointed out that India was unable to win an ICC event under Kohli despite consistent good play.

“They deserve to win, they have been playing well for over four years, but why this is not happening means there is something wrong,” he added.


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