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Kuldeep Vs. Axar for third spinner

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  1. 1. Best chance against Smith

  2. 2. Who should be out if Jadeja is fit

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I rate Axar very highly in Indian conditions, hasn't put a foot wrong till now. Even his bating returns will improve with more matches under his belt.


Kuldeep has X factor, probably our biggest weapon in super flat conditions, and full of confidence atm.


Ashwin looks old/jaded, always had poor fitness and that will affect his bowling. But with improved/clutch batting and LHB threats in Warner, Khawaja, Head, Carey can still be backed. 


Jaddu is our best overall package, though coming back after a long break. I feel his test bowling has declined since 2019 RSA series, thankfully his batting went in upward direction and is among our top 3 batsmen irrespective of conditions.


All are so good in their own ways, pick any 3 of them and that spin unit backed by Siraj/Umesh should do the job. Will come down to our batsmen and catching.

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15 minutes ago, nitinbwj said:

Axar's superior batting abilities tilt it in his favor but he can be superflat on pattas where Kuldeep can pick wickets and restrict scoring. Kuldeep can't hold the bat though. 


I would play Axar as a batsman ahead of KL and play all off Ash, Jaddu, Kuldeep and Axar.


I know it wouldnt happen.

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10 hours ago, Lord said:

I'll play all 4 plus Sundar


these guys can even bat better than some of our specialist senior bats


Im fairly certain Ashwin has been more successful batting in the last 12-18 months compared to Kohli (at the very least comparable) esp in subcontinental conditions.


Seeing Kohli with that Bollywood face that he gets out to ball of the century is irritating.



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I am fairly certain Axar Patel will play next few tests in India. If he fails then he will be replaced. It looks to be between Ashwin and Kuldeep at this point. I am a Ashwin supporter but for sure he is not getting younger and had disappointing performance in Bangla. 


I feel they will start with Jadeja, Ashwin, Axar  and see how it goes.


There is zero chance that all 4 get to play. No way Rohit, Pujara, Rahul, Virat will sit out.  That along with keeper and 2 fast bowlers is 7 positions already. This leaves 4 positions for Gill, Iyer, Jadeja, Ashwin, Axar and Kuldeep. 



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11 minutes ago, Chakdephatte said:

These 50 runs or even 30 by no.8-11 are goldust. Cannot be ignored that easily.


Also surprised that dropping Jadeja got some votes in poll.


they should be batting higher up. 


Its become standard story of 7-11 saving us.


People might have wanted to rest Jaddu a bit after injury

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