<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/harbhajan-singh/news/">Harbhajan Singh</a> has asked for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kuldeep-yadav/news/">Kuldeep Yadav</a> to lead India's spin attack in the upcoming <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india-vs-west-indies-2019">two-match Test series</a> against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">West Indies</a> that starts on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking to the <em>Times of India</em>, Harbhajan backed Kuldeep's wicket-taking abilities despite the 24-year-old having played just six Test matches. <p></p> <p></p>"On current form, my No. 1 spinner will surely be Kuldeep for the way he takes the ball away from the left-handers and his wicket-taking abilities. Ravindra Jadeja, too, has made most of his chances in Tests. Probably the only thing working in [R] Ashwin's favour is his superb record against West Indies." <p></p> <p></p>(<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/anonymous-threat-to-kill-indian-cricketers-first-received-by-pcb-security-for-indian-team-in-antigua-increased-881412" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Anonymous threat to 'kill Indian cricketers' first received by PCB</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Over the years, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravichandran-ashwin/news/">Ravichandran Ashwin</a> has been the preferred spinner for India in home and away tours. He missed the last two Tests in Australia in December-January on account of fitness, and when Kuldeep got his chance in the last match in Sydney he took five wickets in Ashwin's absence. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_881430" align="aligncenter" width="845"]<img class="size-full wp-image-881430" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/kuldeep-afp.jpg" alt="Kuldeep Yadav" width="845" height="440" /> Kuldeep Yadav scalped a five-wicket in the Sydney Test in January. AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Kuldeep's bowling at the SCG earned the praise of India's head coach Ravi Shastri, who<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/now-kuldeep-yadav-will-be-our-no-1-overseas-spinner-coach-ravi-shastri-indicates-shift-in-plan-799797"> announced him as India's number one spinner</a> in overseas Tests. Not long after, the BCCI's chief selector MSK Prasad contradicted Shastri and backed Ashwin as India's lead spinner. <p></p> <p></p><b>(<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/tour-match-india-extend-lead-to-200-after-ishant-umesh-and-kuldeep-keep-west-indies-a-to-181-881385" target="_blank" rel="noopener">India extend lead to 200 after Ishant, Umesh and Kuldeep shine</a>)</b> <p></p> <p></p>The signs from the Caribbean are that Kuldeep could pip Ashwin to get a place in the playing XI for the first Test starting August 22. In the ongoing practice match between India and West Indies A, Ashwin has not bowled a ball yet whereas Kuldeep impressed on day two with three wickets in 9.1 overs to help bowl out the home side on 181. <p></p> <p></p>Ashwin, with 17 wickets and 235 runs inclusive of two centuries - was Man of the Series on India's previous tour to the West Indies in 2016.