Kuldeep Yadav (left) and Yuzvendra Chahal    AFP
Kuldeep Yadav (left) and Yuzvendra Chahal AFP

Against Sri Lanka, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were picked so the regular spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja can get some rest amidst the gruelling schedule. The wrist spinners performed well and were continued for the Australia series, in which they took 16 between them. And thus began the debate: do India need Ashwin and Jadeja in limited-overs?

Sourav Ganguly does not mind that. He instead thinks that the wrist-spin duo should be tested outside the subcontinent. There is talk about how Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal have played a good part in India s victory and questions are been raised about the future of Ashwin and Jadeja in the shorter versions. No doubt Kuldeep and Chahal have bowled well but in Indian conditions, spinners generally do well. It is too early to comment about the two as they still have to express their skill in conditions outside India, he wrote in a column for Time is India.

Hardik Pandya Biggest plus for India

Hardik Pandya, who was compared to Kapil Dev by former Australian captain Ian Chappell, has impressed Ganguly as well. India dominated the series in all aspects against Australia, except a few blemishes here and there. The biggest plus for me has been Hardik Pandya. He has shown progression in his game and in the last few months has evolved as one more match-winner.

He has natural talent and good temperament both while batting and bowling. He will need to keep on channelizing this in the right direction over a period of time.

Investing in Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey lucrative

Pandey was not at his resolute best, but displayed temperament when his team was against the odds. Same was the case with Jadhav, although he scored runs at a brisker rate. The likes of Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav also need to be handled carefully. I know there has been some talk about the two, but Virat Kohli has done the right thing by persisting with them. When you give youngsters a chance you have to be patient with them, and it will eventually give you dividends.

Do not disregard for Ajinkya Rahane for T20Is

Sunil Gavaskar had expressed his disappointment when Shikhar Dhawan was picked ahead of the in-form Rahane for the T20I series against Australia. Ganguly too thinks that Rahane should be kept in the loop for the shortest format.

Ajinkya Rahane has made the most of whatever opportunity he has got but I am sure, he too must have felt the pinch at missing out on a few hundreds. Rahane needs to be kept in the loop as an opener for T20s also because he definitely has value at the top.