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WATCH | Will Prefer Playing Two Spinners Over Hardik Pandya - Kumble

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

GK: One other selection call that is needed to be made is about Hardik Pandya. He has played one Ranji game which was a trial of sort for the management to get a sense of where he is at. Again, for someone who is making a decision of this kind, would you throw him in a Test match of this importance straight away give that the game time he has had of late?

AK: See, the only option you would consider a Hardik Pandya is if you are looking at him as your fourth fast bowler in a five-man bowling attack, in a five man bowling attack. That is your only option. If he is your third fast bowler then I won't consider Hardik Pandya because he has had too little a time. You would rather go with two spinners. If both Ashwin and Jadeja are fit. Then perhaps both of them or Jadeja has still not recovered or Ashwin has recovered. Then maybe throw in a Kuldeep there. We know Kuldeep has really troubled the Aussies in the one Test match that he has played against them. And also against the Australia in the One Day series.

So, if it is a flat deck, it may be worth having someone as Kuldeep at the other end. So, I would definitely look at the five-bowler theory because the fast bowlers have really done the hard work and bowled really well, they have been relentless in the last two Test matches. And it is been 100 overs because both these Test matches and the bowling attack has bowled 100 overs. So it's not easy to come back into an important Test match with very limited rest, coming in with three fast bowlers and one spinner. So, I would prefer to have the fourth option whether you want to go with a spinner or whether you want to go with Hardik Pandya. Both Jadeja and Hardik Pandya would give you enough to bat as well but probably Jadeja will give you more with the ball. Especially in the second innings.

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