KL Rahul on Sunday admitted that India missed the services of left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the second innings, but said he had no regrets about leaving him out of the Test. No regrets about the decision. It was the right decision. If you look at wickets, our fast bowlers have also taken wickets. Rahul also explained that they had a lot of help from the pitch.
Chasing a tough 145 on Day 4, India were struggling at 74 for 7 as Ravichandran Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer put on an incredible partnership of 71 to celebrate a 3-wicket victory. Rahul clarified that the decision to drop Kuldeep was taken considering his experience of playing here in ODIs. We have seen that both spin and bounce are helpful. Therefore, the decision is not wrong, he added.
After 22 months playing Tests for India, Kuldeep made a spectacular comeback in Bangladesh. The eight-wicket player scored 40 runs and became India’s match winner. Rahul admitted that Kuldeep won us in the last Test. But when we saw the pitch a day before the match, we felt that both fast bowlers and seamers would be helped. “We wanted to play with that in mind,” Rahul clarified on the decision to drop Kuldeep.
Kuldeep’s absence was felt in Bangladesh’s second innings as India struggled to dismiss the hosts with a crucial first innings lead of 87 runs. Bangladesh were 70 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. But later it reached 231. This also affected India’s chasing. Rahul says that if there was an impact player rule option, Kuldeep would have been brought in to bowl in the second innings.
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