Former Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer provided advice to Virat Kohli ahead of India’s final ODI against England that will decided the fate of the series. As is his wont, he did that in the form of a riddle.
Jaffer tweeted a photo with the caption “Chess players can be seen in the late afternoon sun in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NY.”
The text along with the tweet said: “Good morning @imVkohli a photo to brighten up your morning. And yes, good luck for the game tomorrow.”
Fans immediately tried to decode the puzzle and decided that Jaffer is asking Kohli to pick Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, and Suryakumar Yadav. They assumed “Chess players” refers to Chahal, a former player of the board game, while ‘Washington’, obviously, refers to Washington Sundar.
Lastly, the reference to sun is a clear hint towards Suryakumar Yadav, ‘surya’ meaning Sun.
This is not the first time that Jaffer has suggested team changes for India in the form of a riddle. After India’s devastating loss to Australia last year in the Adelaide Test, where they got bowled out for 36, Jaffer tweeted a coded message asking Kohli to pick Rishabh Pant and Shubman Gill in the playing XI.
Chahal’s inclusion in likely due to the rough handling of Kuldeep Yadav by English batsman while Washington Sundar too may be brought in to bolster India’s struggling spin department. Suryakumar though may struggle to get in as India’s batting hasn’t done badly in the first two matches.