The limited overs captain of England, Eoin Morgan felt that Indians and English would play two spinners in the upcoming test match at Lords. The second test is scheduled to begin on 9th August 2018. On the other hand, Indian selectors are being criticized for dropping experience Cheteshwar Pujara and one of the best limited overs player Kuldeep Yadav in the first test match.
Speaking to the press in London during an event, Eoin Morgan said that he knows much about the capabilities of the Middlesex and he feels that India did mistakes in team composition during Edgbaston test by dropping Kuldeep Yadav and coming to play only one spinner where the pitches are dry.
He said that “Lord’s is a ground with a magnificent pitch, but with the way the weather has been, it is so difficult to keep the moisture not only in the pitch but actually in the square. I think it will be quite similar to Edgbaston. You will have to assume it will turn and probably reverse swing will play a big part as well,”
“I think you will have to consider two spinners. Everybody was surprised that both sides didn’t go in with two spinners in the last game which probably took India away what naturally comes to them. At home they play two spinners. Both sides will look to play two spinners.”
Harbhajan Singh said that “India made a mistake even at Edgbaston going with one spinner. They could have gone with Kuldeep Yadav instead of Hardik Pandya even at Edgbaston, where the conditions were dry, the wicket was dry, where you know the sun is going to be out,”
“So, India, they didn’t read the conditions well. They went ahead choosing four fast bowlers and one spinner which didn’t help them. Though they bowled beautifully, all seamers, but Hardik Pandya didn’t bowl and didn’t bat as the team wanted him to. So why play him?” he added, in unison with Eoin Morgan.
Harbhajan Singh, India’s most successful spinner with 417 wickets felt that
“He will create chances. He bowls googlies, legspin with the left hand. On the first day, suppose India were to lose the toss and they are still bowling (at the end of the day), this guy will create chances on a good track. Right-hander or left-hander, Kuldeep is the guy because he (can) spin the ball both ways.”
India won their last test match at Lords in 2014.