India captain Rohit Sharma was criticized after the team's defeat in the India vs England first Test of the 5-match series in Hyderabad. The fans and some Cricket experts questioned Rohit's tactics and the team's approach against the English side. Former India wicket-keeper batter Parthiv Patel also had some questions for Rohit Sharma.
The Indian team went with three spinners and two pacers for the first Test. Rohit Sharma used Siraj for only 11 overs in the entire match while Jasprit Bumrah bowled 24.4 overs. Parthiv feels India should've picked another batter in place of Siraj if Rohit didn't want to use him in Hyderabad.
"There is no doubt that 3 spinners are enough, but I have a different perspective. You have used Siraj for only 6 or 7 overs throughout the Test match. Axar Patel played ahead of Kuldeep Yadav due to his batting abilities, as mentioned by Rohit Sharma before the Test match. If you need variety, you could pick Kuldeep ahead of Axar," Parthiv told Jio Cinema.
"And if you are not using Siraj much, then why not play an extra pure batter? So, you will have three types of bowlers in Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep, and the extra batter will add depth to the batting. And there's no point playing someone if you are going to give him only 7 overs," he further added.
With Ravindra Jadeja missing for the second Test at Vizag, the Indian team is likely to make some changes in the playing XI. Kuldeep Yadav might replace him in the team.
Sarfaraz Khan has joined the squad ahead of the 2nd test. India may want to use him in place of Siraj as an extra batter, while Rajat Patidar can replace Shubman Gill.