New Delhi. After defeating West Indies in Dominica Test in 3 days, now Team India’s next stop is Port of Spain. The second Test between the two countries will be played here from July 20. In the first test, Ravichandran Ashwin destroyed the batting of the West Indies. Ashwin took a total of 12 wickets in the match. From day one, the ball started rolling in Dominica. The mood of the pitch can remain the same in Port of Spain as well. In such a situation, Team India can win the second Test in just 3 days. Just, a change has to be made in the playing-11 and instead of two, three spinners have to be landed. Captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid must be thinking of doing the same in the second Test.
Please tell that in the Dominica Test between India and West Indies, 20 out of 25 wickets were taken by spin bowlers. Out of this, R Ashwin (5/60 and 7/71) took a total of 12 wickets. At the same time, Ravindra Jadeja also took 5 wickets in his bag. In the Dominica Test, the ball started spinning from the 8th over itself and dust started flying from the pitch. That is, it was clear on the very first day itself that spin bowlers would dominate on this wicket and the same happened. But Indian captain Rohit Sharma probably failed to increase the wicket and played with only 2 spinners whereas the team could have landed with 3 spinners. The squad had a spinner in the form of Akshar Patel but he was not used.
Team India can land with 3 spinners
The mood of the pitch in Port of Spain can also be similar to that of Dominica. In such a situation, the Indian team management can also give a chance to Akshar Patel in the second Test. That is, India can land with 3 spinners in the second test. If this happens, then this test can also be won by Team India in just 3 days.
How will the mood of the Port of Spain pitch be?
The last Test at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spin took place in 2018. Then West Indies crushed Sri Lanka by 226 runs. The fast bowlers were helped on the wicket of that Test for the first two days while the spin bowlers dominated the last two days. However, since then no Test match has taken place here. In such a situation, what will be the condition here, it cannot be said at the moment.
The last international match at the Queens Park Oval ground took place in July 2022 between India and West Indies. Then both the teams clashed in ODI and India won the match by 119 runs (D/L). A total of 13 wickets fell in that match, out of which 8 were taken by spin bowlers. Yuzvendra Chahal gave victory to India by taking 4 wickets. If we see from the point of view of that match, then the pitch of Queens Park Oval can help the spin bowlers. In such a situation, Akshar can get a chance. Akshar has taken 50 wickets in 12 Tests.
Now the question arises that if Akshar Patel enters the playing-11 as the third spinner then who will go out. India played with three pacers in the first test. Along with Mohammed Siraj, were Shardul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat. Shardul took wickets. In such a situation, Unadkat can be seated outside.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 16, 2023, 21:27 IST