Ravindra Jadeja Replacement For Sri Lanka Vs India Third Test
Question in detail
Filling up the void of world's best spinner and the leading all-rounder is not going to be any easy for Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav, one who got a call up as the back-up spinner but got no chance to feature the playing XI. Now, Ravindra Jadeja's suspension comes as a welcoming opportunity to the left-arm wrist spinner. If selected as Ravindra Jadeja's replacement for SL third Test, Kuldeep will have some big shoes to fill.
Ravindra Jadeja has been instrumental both with bat and ball to India's each Test win over the years. He is a precious gem for India as he provides the side with great balance, particularly in the longest format. Not to speak of his matchless bowling, Jadeja can give a quick 50-60 anytime at any stage of the game, remarkably not just when the top and middle order is doing well. He can bat in pressure situations as well.
Remember Jadeja's 57-ball 68 in the Lord's Test, which helped India win the match by 95 runs. Also, in Dharamshala Test against Australia, Jadeja scored 63 in crunch situation and helped his side go 300 past in the first innings. He again came up with a fabulous 90 against England in Mohali. Jadeja's combined efforts have made him the world's best Test bowler and all-rounder at present. So, matching the standards of such a valuable bowling all-rounder is by all means an uphill task to do for Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who is most likely to join the playing XI as Ravindra Jadeja's replacement for SL third Test.
Kuldeep had got a chance earlier if India would have gone with the third spinner along with Ashwin and Jadeja in the first two Tests. But, nothing of that sort actually happened. India stuck with the same bowling combination; three pacers and two spinners. And yes, they validated their decision securing an innings win in Colombo. Now, Jadeja has been suspended for the third Test at Pallekele. Kuldeep Yadav is likely to come in as Ravindra Jadeja's replacement for SL third Test. The wrist spinner has played just one Test, in which he took 4 wickets. Also, he has had some impressing limited-over outings. Let's see how he fares with his role in the last Test against Sri Lanka.
Will Kuldeep Yadav be able to match Jadeja's lofty standards?