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By Dharani | Sep 02, 2019 11:31 AM

The India squad for Test series against West Indies left fans and critics tripping in shock.While the cricket circle was busy confusing over Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin for the main spinner position, the Ravi Shastri – Virat Kohli combo went for Ravindra Jadeja. Though it seemed like an unstable decision at first, Jadeja’s stellar performace throughout the series stole the show.

Ravi Shastri Tells Why Jadeja was Picked over Ashwin and Kuldeep

Team India Head Coach Ravi Shastri has explained why Jadeja was preferred over Yadav and Ashwin. “The reason why we picked Jadeja in the first Test, was in case we fielded, and the track was damp, with his pace, he would have made life a little awkward for the batsmen. He could have been used on the first session of play on day one,” Shastri was quoted as saying by CricTracker.

Shastri further said that the decision to bench Yadav and Ashwin was not an easy one and what backed Jadeja was his fielding and improved batting in addition to bowling. “It is a difficult decision to leave out Ashwin or Kuldeep (Yadav). Look at Jaddu, his record is fabulous. You have to see what he brings to the table. He is probably the best fielder in the world and he has improved his batting like hell. And if you see these tracks (in West Indies)… from what I have seen of this track (in Jamaica), I don’t think there would be much on offer for the spinners where you would need control.”