VVS Laxman has opined that Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should play in tandem for Team India in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

A 20-member Indian team will play six limited-overs internationals in Sri Lanka, with the first ODI scheduled for July 13. Yadav and Chahal are among six spinners who are part of the squad.

During a discussion on Star Sports, VVS Laxman cast his vote for Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal to play together in the three-match ODI series. He said:

“I definitely would like to see them play in the three ODIs. There are six spinners. In ODIs, each bowler will get to bowl ten overs. The more overs they bowl, the more success they have, they will get back their confidence, especially Kuldeep.”

The former India batsman highlighted that the tour is particularly important for Kuldeep Yadav to regain his lost confidence. Laxman elaborated:

“We know Chahal is a very successful and experienced bowler. He is high in confidence and a very important member keeping in mind the T20 World Cup. But Kuldeep requires to get his confidence back.”

Kuldeep Yadav has got sporadic opportunities in the Indian team over the last couple of years. He has even been benched by the Kolkata Knight Riders, who have not played the left-arm wrist-spinner even a single match in IPL 2021 thus far.


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Kuldeep Yadav has played 63 ODIs for Team India Edited by Sankalp Srivastava