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Now Kuldeep will be our No. 1 overseas spinner: Shastri

Wellington: Kuldeep Yadav is firmly ahead of veteran Ravichandran Ashwin in the pecking order as India’s frontline spinner on foreign soil, head coach Ravi Shastri asserted, citing his five-wicket haul against Australia in the Sydney Test this year.

Shastri made it clear that going forward, wrist-spinners will be in vogue in Test cricket and Kuldeep is “already” ahead of Ashwin and Jadeja as country’s No. 1 spinner. “Already! He plays overseas Test cricket and he gets five wickets, so he becomes our primary overseas spinner. Going ahead, if we have to play one spinner, he is the one we will pick,” Shastri said. “There is a time for everyone (referring to Ashwin’s poor fitness record in 2018). But now Kuldeep is our No. 1 overseas spinner,” he added.