Former Indian pacemaker Pragyan Ojha has thought about leaving out the Chinese bowler Kuldeep Yadav from Virat Kohli’s side, who will play against Australia for the day-night test match from Thursday XI.
In an exclusive interview with Sports Today, the 34-year-old reckoned the only factor that counted for Kuldeep was his performance with the Pink Ball in the Duleep Trophy. Pragyan Ojha recalled that batsmen had told him at the time that Kuldeep was “difficult” to pick in the twilight period of 40 to 45 minutes when artificial light takes over natural light. Pragyan, who took 24 tests himself in his international career, added that it was difficult to read the Chinese bowlers and leg spinners in a day-night test.
“The only thing that speaks for Kuldeep Yadav is when we played Duleep Trophy, the first pink ball domestic tournament we played. All the batsmen I spoke to, and especially at dusk, found it very difficult to Pick the ball His hands.
Because you know the natural light went down and the artificial light came. This is the time when even Ajinkya Rahane said all batsmen must be turned on. These 40-45 minutes are very important. At that time Kuldeep picked gates. And Chinese bowlers or spinners are a little difficult to find, “Pragyan Ojha told India Today journalist Rajarsh Gupta.
Pragyan also praised Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s weirdo for the pink ball test, saying it could be fatal and keep things very tight like his Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon.
“However, we say Ashwin is our # 1 weirdo. Ashwin can be fatal and he holds things very tight, as does Nathan Lyon. I think we have 3 fast bowlers who are very attacking.”
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The Bhubaneswar native also spoke briefly about Umesh Yadav, India’s third pacemaker in the Pink Ball. Ojha noted that India was missing the services of the experienced Ishant Sharma and it was time for Umesh Yadav to play “those deadly lines”.
“Umesh Yadav took wickets and he did the hard part and he took wickets. We have two exceptional bowlers in Mohammad Shami and Bumrah who are doing very well. But if you look at Umesh, he took wickets. But In Australia I think if he starts performing it will be good for him, he is an older bowler and this is the 3rd or 4th time he has traveled to Australia and with his experience and when he starts to hit those deadly lines bowling, will he be someone who can take Ishant Sharma’s place, “explained Pragyan Ojha.