Team India took the field without regular skipper Virat Kohli in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Dharamshala. Indian think tank decided to replace him with a spinner as they roped in Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. Meanwhile, former skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that hosts have to bat really well to take the upper hand in this match.
“India will have to bat well. They are playing with five batsmen. And without Kohli, the others have to step up,” he said.
Ganguly further praised debutant Kuldeep Yadav, who ended the first day with 4/68 in his debut match. “Kuldeep bowled really well. It's all about his release of the ball. Like any right-arm leg-spinner, it's important to observe him while he is releasing the ball,” Dada added.
Indian bowlers put a great show at Dharamshala, who is hosting its maiden Test, as they reduced Australian batting to 300 from a point of 144 for 1. Dada feels both teams have chances to come up in this game as four days are still left in the Test.
“The Test is still wide open and any team can win,” he concluded.
India responded well against Aussie pace battery after losing Murali Vijay at an early stage of day two.