Former Indian leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has reiterated that Team India needs a spin bowling coach and he feels that the Indian spinners need one now more than ever. He is worried about the current crop of tweakers as well as the upcoming ones.
Siva, as he is lovingly known, said that Ravindra Jadeja is injured, R Ashwin is on the wrong side of 30 (34 to be exact), Kuldeep Yadav doesn't even find a fixed spot in his IPL franchise KKR's first XI, and Yuzvendra Chahal had a bad tour Down Under. Under these circumstances, and here is where a spin bowling coach would come in handy.
Sivaramakrishnan told SportsKeeda, "I’ve been saying this for many years, the Indian team needs a spin-bowling coach. Kuldeep is not even playing for KKR regularly. Chahal had a bad tour of Australia. Jadeja is injured. Ashwin is 30-plus. Who is waiting in the wings to fill their boots? Who is pushing them for a place? Who is going to help Kuldeep and Chahal?"
The cricketer-turned-commentator is of the opinion that the World Test Championship points are hard to get and a team will be in trouble if it cannot earn points at home.
"Teams like Bangladesh and England have spin-bowling coaches, and the BCCI needs to identify this. There are points involved in the ICC World Test Championship, and we need to win at home. The fast bowlers are reverse-swinging the ball, and you have a good set of fast bowlers right now. But after Ashwin and Jadeja in Test matches, and Chahal in T20s?" he added.
He also pointed out that the reason that Australia was scoring above 370 in the first couple of ODIs on the ongoing tour is that the spinners weren't able to take control in the middle overs.
"The reason they’re giving 375-380 runs is because of the middle overs, where the spinners are not able to control. I think the emphasis should be on spin-bowling, the revival of Kuldeep must be done at the earliest. You need to find another set of spinners who can come in," the 54-year-old said.
(With inputs from SportsKeeda)