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WATCH | Will Always Include a Spinner When Playing Against Australia - Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | December 24, 2018, 1:26 PM IST

GK: Let me put you in a spot with a Yes or No question. If you were in charge, would an Indian eleven ever play without a spinner?

AK: Not really, I think you need a spinner. You need the combination, because you need a bowling attack which can bowl in all conditions. Because at the start of the game, unless it is a green top unless you know that when you bowl you are going to dismiss the opposition in less than a day. Then you take a chance with four seamers. When you know that the wicket is going to remain like that throughout the Test match, then there is a possibility that you look at four fast bowlers otherwise you will always need a spinner. Also look at the opposition as well. You know as an opposition, Australia hasn't always had good results with good spinner and India has some fantastic spinners. When you look at the opposition, no matter what the pitch is, you know when Australia has struggled with spin especially with this team there is not much depth in their batting line up, you know with the Aussies you would always have a spinner in your team.

GK: Let me give you a converse view Anil that has been expressed that Ashwin would have played, had he been available and Jadeja what we are now hearing wasn't completely fit. As a result, India probably didn't have the option of fielding a frontline spinner unless it had to be Kuldeep Yadav. Would you have gone for that option? Had Ashwin and Jadeja not been available and only Kuldeep was?

AK: No, if both of them definitely not available then you didn't have a choice but to go with four fast bowlers because Kuldeep requires another spinner at the other end. I believe that Kuldeep requires that because he is still young and being the lead spinner is too much of a risk, but ideally you would want someone like a Jadeja or an Ashwin at the other end when Kuldeep is playing but I think Jaddu was fielding on couple of days in Perth Test so I am not sure what the extent of injury was.

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