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England’s approach unusual for Test cricket, says Kuldeep Yadav | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: After being stunned by England’s ‘Bazball’ in the first Test in Hyderabad, India bounced back in style in Vizag to level the series at 1-1.
Countering England’s aggressive style of play in the second game, India put up a dominant show in their 106-run win over the visitors.
While both the matches were played on pitches that were not predominantly spin-friendly and had something for everyone, England’s unusual batting approach on tricky Indian tracks has been a big talking point in the series so far.
Ahead of the third Test, starting in Rajkot from Thursday, India spinner Kuldeep Yadav admitted that visitors’ batting approach has been tricky to deal with.
“In Test cricket, you are not used to having someone with such an attacking batting approach. But at the same time, you are more involved in the game. As a spinner you are more focused on the game, how you are going to bowl and what your approach will be,” Kuldeep said on Tuesday.
“Sometimes in Test cricket, you are not overly worried if the batter would attack much and you focus on how to dismiss them.
“But here the approach is different, they are in attacking mode so you have to plan on how to restrict them because (if they are) playing more shots, then more opportunities are being created to take a wicket,” he added.
Opportunity for youngsters
India have been depleted further with KL Rahul set to miss the third Test, but Kuldeep said it is an opportunity for young players in the side to prove their mettle.
“…that gives a chance to a newcomer who can get the opportunity. I am sure they have done really well in domestic cricket and it is their time to show what they have got. It is good for Indian cricket and for the individuals as well,” he said.
Kuldeep, however, hoped that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will be back into the side to play on his home turf after suffering a hamstring injury in the first Test.
“He is doing his routine (work). He did one session yesterday (Monday) and I think he is available,” Kuldeep said.
(With inputs from PTI)

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