“Have No Idea”: India Star’s Blunt Take When Asked On Absence Of Rank Turners England Tests

Feb14,2024






India spinner Kuldeep Yadav on Tuesday said the rank turners may come into play in the ongoing Test clash against England, but admitted that sporting tracks, as seen in the first two matches, are “good for cricket”. Are. Both the teams have gathered in Rajkot for the third Test starting at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium from Thursday, with the series tied at 1-1.

“Overall, everything is important. Fast bowlers also come into play, as you saw in the last match. So (good wickets) are good for cricket. It is not (the case) that you do not see rank turners. See you later. Hopefully, you will see (change of track) in the future,” Kuldeep said while addressing a media conference ahead of India's training session on Tuesday.

A weakened India were pushed aside by an aggressive England, who defeated them easily in the first Test, but the hosts bounced back in the second. Both matches were played on pitches that were predominantly spin-friendly and had something for everyone.

When asked why there were no rank turners, he replied, “I have no idea. I have not played on rank turners. I have played in the last series at home (Border-Gavaskar series in February-March last year). Didn't play.” First two tests.

“I don't know what our approach or thinking will be. It's basically the team management's decision. Obviously, you all also want to see good cricket. For good cricket, it's important (for good wickets),” he said. ” ,

When asked whether he should be a rank turner or not, Kuldeep thought it better to stay away.

“I don't know that, I enjoy playing whenever I get a chance to play, whether it's on a flat track or a rank turner…not just spin bowling but batting is also important for us,” he said. “

He said, “When we say that it will be a batting-friendly wicket, we do not mean that 700-800 runs will be scored here, but it will be a better wicket than playing on rank turners.”

England's unusual approach to Test cricket

Kuldeep admitted that it is unusual to deal with England's aggressive approach with the bat in Test cricket.

“…In Test cricket, you are not used to someone having such an aggressive batting approach. But at the same time, you are more involved in the game. As a spinner you focus more on the game, you How are you going to bowl and what will your approach be,'' he said.

“Sometimes in Test cricket, you are not too worried about whether the batsman will attack too much and you focus on how to get them out,” he said.

“But the approach is different here, they are in aggressive mode so you have to plan how to stop them because (if they) are playing more shots, more opportunities are being created to take wickets,” he said.

opportunity for youth

India has become further weakened due to KL Rahul not playing in the third Test, but Kuldeep said that this is an opportunity for the young players of the team to prove their ability.

“…It gives an opportunity to a new player who can get a chance. I'm sure he has done really well in domestic cricket and it's time to show what he's got. It's great for Indian cricket and the individuals Good for you.” Plus,” he said.

However, Kuldeep expressed hope that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will return to the team to play on his home ground after suffering a hamstring injury in the first Test.

“He is doing his regular work. He did a session yesterday (Monday) and I think he is available,” Kuldeep said.

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