There were rumours that Indian team management regretted their decision to leave Kuldeep Yadav out in Ranchi Test, where Indian bowlers fell short to register a victory and again 7-4 strategy did backfire for hosts. However, Indian head coach Anil Kumble was very eager to fit him in the team as Captain Kohli was injured and uncertain to play at Dharamshala.
A source of Times of India said that Indian team management was aware of Kohli’s situation on Friday itself that he couldn’t feature in the eleven in such condition. Amidst, they were facing a dilemma whether to add a batsman in the line-up or pick a bowler who can decrease the workload over Ashwin and Jadeja. Meanwhile, Kumble threw his trump card to add young wrist spinner in the team, which eventually worked wonders for the team.
Australia came out to bat first after winning their third toss of this tour, but after Matt Renshaw’s early departure everything went against the hosts as they were leaking around five runs per over. After the lunch break, Kuldeep Yadav was introduced by Rahane and he shattered Aussie middle order with his effective variations. From a point of 144 for 1, Yadav reduced them to 208 for 6 and they managed only 300-allout on the scorecard. He came back with figures of 4 for 68.
The TOI’s source said “It was a brave decision from the Indian team management to agree on a spot for a specialist bowler after losing a regular batsman in Kohli. Kumble was the mastermind behind this decision to pick Kuldeep. The coach knew that the left-arm spinner could have done the trick.”
“Kumble is doing an excellent job with the spinners. One of the reasons why BCCI picked him as the head coach was his wealth of experience. It is helping the team immensely,” the same source added.