Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023: Kuldeep key to India’s success, says Bobby Narasimha Rao

Kuldeep Yadav ought to be included within the taking part in XI for the primary Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia, feels former India Test cricketer Bobby Narasimha Rao. The former India all-rounder who’s within the metropolis for the launch of his guide titled ‘BOBBY – India and Ireland, A Love Story’ feels that India begins as favorite towards the Aussies within the four-match Test collection. 

India will tackle Australia within the first Test beginning in Nagpur on February 9 adopted by the second and third in Delhi and Dharamsala with Ahmedabad poised to host the ultimate Test in March.

“In my opinion, Kuldeep must play as the wrist spinner gives India a wicket-taking option and he has done really well recently. He will be the key to India’s success in the upcoming Test series against Australia,” Bobby instructed Sportstar in an unique interplay at his residence.

The guide launch occasion will likely be graced by Roger Binny, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) together with former India Test legend VVS Laxman and different famous cricketers on the Secunderabad Club on Saturday.

“India has been playing well across formats and the World Test Championship is going to be a very special one. The balance of the team is good and we have the arsenal to beat Australia at home. It’s going to be a very good series,” he stated.

Bobby, as fondly known as within the cricketing circles, performed 4 Test matches for India and led Hyderabad to a historic Ranji Trophy triumph in 1987.

A 4-0 clear sweep will likely be essential for India’s top-two end within the WTC standings and qualifying for the ultimate. Mohammed Siraj would be the tempo spearhead within the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and the veteran cricketer stated the pacer ought to have been dealt with higher.

“With his action, he is bound to get injured and I personally feel he should have been handled a little better. He is a vital cog in this Indian team and his impact has been tremendous as far as bowling is concern. But we have got Siraj, who is exciting to watch and it’s very heartening to watch Hyderabad produce a fast bowler like Siraj. He has got a very bright future but consistency will be the key,” Bobby stated.

Another quick bowler that excites the 68-year-old, who has additionally performed for Ireland, is Umran Malik.

“What a talent and the youngster has shown great promise in the little what I have seen. He should not compromise on pace as that is his strength and will emerge as one of the best fast bowlers going forward. Overall, the current pool of players are really good,” he stated.

The Test squad for the primary two Tests towards Australia has Ishan Kishan and KS Bharat as designated wicket-keepers instead of Rishabh Pant who’s recovering from a automobile crash. Bobby feels Ishan has the sting over Bharat, purely due to his means to play game-changing innings with the bat.

“Ishan most likely will get the go-ahead and it is on his batting ability. Ishan has the capability to change the complexion of the game in a session. Bharat too is a deserving candidate but Ishan’s exploits with the bat make him the favourite to don the keeping gloves,” he stated.

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