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India vs England: Harbhajan Singh picks India’s second spinner for Lord’s Test

The conditions are quite hot and there is this general belief that the pitch might assist the spinners and would also be conducive to reverse swing.

cricket Updated: Aug 07, 2018 18:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Harbhajan also believes that India made a mistake by not playing two spinners in the first Test match.(AFP)

The heat wave is back in London and temperatures are going through the roof. Hence, both India and England could well two spinners at Lord’s as owing to the excessive heat, there will be very little moisture retained by the pitch. Also, the square will be rough and this would assist reverse swing.

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Harbhajan Singh believes that India should stick with their strengths and go ahead with two spinners. He has named Kuldeep Yadav as his second choice spinner.

“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’” Harbhajan told ESPNCricinfo

“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 further added.

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The off-spinner said that he wants Kuldeep to play ahead of Jadeja as he would be able to spin the ball both ways which should trouble the England batting at all times.

England’s ODI captain and local boy Eoin Morgan also believes that both teams would be quite tempted to play two spinners as the conditions might assist them significantly.

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 16:09 IST