AUS v IND 2018-19: Vaughan critical of Virat Kohli's selections for the Perth Test

India decided to bring in Umesh Yadav and Hanuma Vihari, leaving out Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja.

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Former England skipper Michael Vaughan criticised Indian captain Virat Kohli's decision to field the playing XI that he did on Day 1 of the second Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Perth, bemoaning the tactical "mistakes" that the visitors made in selecting an adequate lineup.

In wake of a green surface with a drop-in wicket underneath India still decided to leave out Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja from the 13-man squad that was announced on Wednesday, December 13 and was available for selection.

Instead picked Umesh Yadav and Hanuma Vihari for the task, enhancing quantity in their fast bowling prowess that already has Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami in it, while seeking extra batting support in the form of the earnest right-hander.

The duo actually replaced ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and middle-order bat Rohit Sharma, who sustained an abdominal strain and a back injury respectively. The analytically questionable move led to genuine debates all over the social media, with Vaughan also deciding to his give his own insight over the matter.

Vaughan pointed towards the lack of a proper spinner in the line-up, rueing non-selection of the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

"Think India have made a mistake not playing @imjadeja ... Not only for his bowling but his Batting at No 8 ... India have a very long tail this Week ... Aussies to win ... #AUSvIND #Perth," Vaughan posted over Twitter.

Earlier, Tim Paine won the toss and asked the Indians to bowl first.

Despite saying that he would've batted as well, Virat expressed confidence and optimism through his words, where he said, "But (it’s) not a bad thing to bowl on the first day on a pitch which has a lot of grass on it."

"As batsmen, we’ll have to see how the wicket behaves and it might not be a bad thing to see how it plays out. We’ll look to get in with the ball in the first hour and make some inroads," he added.

(Inputs from cricket.com.au)


By Kashish Chadha - 14 Dec, 2018

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