Hindustan Times – Part of many an English summers in his playing days, former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin feels the Indian team should go in with two spinners — Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav — in the Test series against England as wickets would be dry during this time of the year.

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  • Part of many an English summers in his playing days, former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin feels the Indian team should go in with two spinners — Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav — in the Test series against England as wickets would be dry during this time of the year.
  • Azhar, who was part of the Indian side that beat England in their own backyard in 1986, said it was India’s best chance to trump England in the five-match Test series starting next week in Birmingham as the Virat Kohli-led side is strong in all departments of the game.
  • READ | Yo-Yo test shouldn’t be sole selection criterion, says Sachin Tendulkar The former Indian skipper said India should play Yadav as the England side did struggle against him in the limited-overs games.
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  • Azhar, who led the Indian team in 47 Test matches, also praised Kohli’s captaincy, but said he still has a long way to go.


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