‘I will keep my eyes on Kuldeep Yadav’, says Sunil Gavaskar

"I think he can be a match-winner, even in Tests"

“I think he can be a match-winner, even in Tests”

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Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has revealed that he will keep an eye on uncapped spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the ongoing ODI series against the West Indies.

“I will keep my eyes on Kuldeep Yadav,” he told NDTV. “He has been the find of the  Champions League T20. What has been impressive is his ability to come back after being hit for runs. So far he has shown he is not afraid to come back and toss the ball up again. Hopefully he will get the right kind of advice in the Indian dressing room.

“From the little I have seen of him, the most impressive part has been his temperament. He’s got a big heart and he doesn’t let his shoulders drop. He actually wants to come back and bowl again after going for a lot of runs and that is the hallmark of someone looking to fight it out. That is what you look for in a cricketer. I think he can be a match-winner, even in Tests.”

Gavaskar also noted that none of the Indian bowlers should be concerned about getting reported for a suspicious bowling action.

“At the moment in the current Indian squad, there are no bowlers with a suspect bowling action,” he said. “There are probably a few in the domestic circuit that need to work on their action.

“There is no point in reporting a bowler after he has won an ODI for his team with a suspect action. That is no good. If they’re unhappy with the action, they should ask the captain to take him off. That should be the way forward.”

Gavaskar is also backing batsman Virat Kohli to bounce back and make some big scores following his disastrous tour of England, where he failed to have an impact in the five-match Test and ODI series.

“I think on Indian pitches, it shouldn’t be a problem for him to score runs,” Gavaskar said. “He has scored all over the world. In the sub-continent against this West Indian bowling attack, it is an opportunity for him to regain the confidence he lost on the England tour.”

Gavaskar added that batsman Rohit Sharma will only regain his spot in the ODI squad if he performs well in the upcoming domestic season.

“It [his return to the team] depends on the kind of form Rohit Sharma is in,” he said. “When you talk about his comeback, he needs to play domestic cricket. He has got to show some form. Nobody just walks back into the Indian team. That should never happen.

“I don’t think we should talk as if Rohit is a certainty. Rohit will have to prove himself and score heaps of runs. Only after that can we discuss whether he can open the batting or if Ajinkya Rahane should continue.”

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