Irfan Pathan’s remark came a day after India lost the three-match Test series to South Africa.©Instagram
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan said on Saturday that the Test squad led by Virat Kohli should look to have a wrist roll in the playing XI while playing Tests abroad. Pathan’s remark came a day after India lost the three-match Test series to South Africa. The Kohli-led side suffered a seven-wicket defeat in the third and final Test, losing the series 1-2 in the process. “Indian mid order seems to be changing, should too. But I strongly believe in having wrist circumference in overseas conditions. Who will have strong wicket taking option in all conditions,” tweeted Pathan.
Looks like Indian middle order will change, should too. But I strongly believe that having a wrist in a foreign state is important. Who will have a solid wicket-taking option in all conditions.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 15, 2022
India Test skipper Virat Kohli admitted the batting let the visitors down in the Test series against South Africa but did not directly comment on Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s place in the squad.
“The stick has let us down in the last two games, I would say, and there’s no leak. I can’t sit here and talk about what might happen in the future (about Pujara and Rahane),” Kohli said at the press conference. .
Pujara had scored 43 in the first innings and nine in the second down of the final test, but Rahane failed to leave a mark in either innings as he scored nine and one in the third game.
Kohli said if a decision had to be made on the future of the two hitters, it was the duty of the selectors, not the captain.
“You probably have to talk to the coaches about what they have in mind because it’s not my job. As I said before, I’ll say it again, we continued to support Cheteshwar and Ajinkya because of the type of players what they are and what they have done in the past in Test cricket,” Kohli said.
“They played some crucial shots in the second test against South Africa in the second set which got us to the total we could fight for. So that’s the kind of performance we recognize in the squad, but what the selectors have in mind and what they decide to do obviously, I can’t comment on that sitting here,” he added.
India had won the first test by 113 races, but South Africa recorded victories in the second and third tests to win the series.
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