Ind vs Eng 4th Test: India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday cleared all the air regarding Ravindra Jadeja’s position in the team during a press conference ahead of the fourth Test against England. He said that Ravindra Jadeja has experience with the bat and has done the job numerous times for team India.
The 31-year-old added that Washington has scored few runs but it is not the same as Jadeja. Kohli is of the view that R Jadeja and Kuldeep are the two most preferred players and he uses them as per conditions. While Jadeja adds an all-round option, Kuldeep is rated higher in spin-friendly conditions.
“See if Jadeja is playing and you are talking about the third spinner then Kuldeep comes into the picture way more because of Jadeja’s experience with the bat and the number of times he has done the job for the team. Right now, we are going in with Ashwin. Washi is playing, Axar is playing. Washi has scored few runs so yes they can contribute with the bat, but it is not same experience as Jadeja.”
“So, the combination becomes very different when Jadeja comes. You can play Kuldeep who is primarily a wrist spinning bowler but it’s all about the combinations. He will always be in consideration to play whatever game is in front of us purely because of his skill with the ball,” he added.
Speaking about Kuldeep Yadav who did not feature in the third Test, Kohli said, “There is no issue with skill, there is no issue with headspace. His game is absolutely precise, bowling better than he has ever bowled before. We need to make sure that we cover all facets of the game, we have our strongest balanced squad on the park.”
Meanwhile Ravindra Jadeja is back and training after his thumb surgery.
The 32-year-old had suffered a thumb injury, hamstring and head blow during the Border-Gavaskar series.
The all-rounder is not part of the upcoming 5-match T20I series that is slated to begin on March 12. But he might be included in the three-match ODI series in Pune that will be held on March 23, 26 and 28.