Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has said that India should consider adding a leg-turner to their XI squad for overseas Test matches.
Patan’s comments came after India failed to win the 3-match Test series in South Africa. Virat Kohli-led India lost 1-2 to Dean Elgar’s South Africa’s 3-match Test series.
India won the first match by 113 points at Centurion’s SuperSport Park. However, they beat the hosts by seven wickets at Rangers in Johannesburg and seven wickets at Newlands in Cape Town.
Saturday, Irfan Patan India’s Test squad will change in the middle after Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s poor performance in the Test series against South Africa, said on Twitter.
“Indian mid-tier looks to change and should be. But I’m a firm believer in having wrist spinners in overseas conditions. A solid wicket option in any situation,” Patan tweeted.
The middle order in India looks like it will change, and it should. But I’m a firm believer in having a wrist spinner overseas. In any case there will be a solid wicket option.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 15, 2022
Pujara and Rahane played in all three of the three Test series against South Africa. Rahane scored 136 times with an average score of 22.66 and Pujara scored 124 times with an average score of 20.66.
Batting has let us down in last two games – Virat Kohli after series win over South Africa
Indian red captain Virat Kohli has said the batting team let the team down in the Johannesburg and Cape Town Tests.
“I would say that in the last two games, the batting has let us down, there is no chance of escape. I can’t sit here and talk about what might happen in the future (about Pujara and Rahane),” Kohli told a news conference Say.
Talking about Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli said they support the senior batsmen as they have done well for the team in the past.
“You may have to talk to the selectors about what they think because it’s not my job. As I said before and I’ll say it again, we continue to support Cheteshwar and Ajinkya because they are the kind of players and they used to be on the test board things done in the ball,” Kohli said.
“They hit the crucial bat in the second Test against South Africa in the second inning and it got us to the overall result we could have fought for, so these are the performances we’ve recognised in the squad, but the minds of the selectors And their decision, obviously, I can’t comment on sitting here,” he added.
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