Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. @ AFP
Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. @ AFP

After gaining an early lead in the five-match ODI series opener in Guwahati on October 21, India aim to carry on with the winning momentum in the second ODI against West Indies at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

Indian bowlers, except Yuzvendra Chahal, got a thrashing in Guwahati on a placid pitch going well over an economy rate of 6.40. The West Indies have themselves to be blame after failing to defend 326 with ordinary performances not helping their cause.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar reckons that the spin-friendly Vizag strip might force the Indian think tank to introduce chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.

“Vizag has a pitch that helps the spinners and so the bowlers may not get the tonking they did in Guwahati, but that’s always a good experience to learn from. Should India bring in Kuldeep?” Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India on Wednesday.

Shimron Hetmyer, who got a brilliant hundred at Guwahati, was snaffled thrice in the tests by the left-handed chinaman bowler. So, who to leave out is the headache for the team management. Fortunately, these are mild ones compared to when it is a question of who to pick.”

Gavaskar, who has played 108 ODIs and scored 3092 runs, feels the West Indies batsmen should take a cue from the Indian batting pair of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who turned the run chase into a cakewalk. The duo, who both registered centuries stitched 246 runs for the second wicket in a sublime batting display to lead India to victory.

“They can take a leaf out of the books of Rohit and Kohli, especially the Indian skipper whose first lofted shot was only after he reached his hundred. Both were sublime and paced their innings and the chase to perfection,” he said.

Gavaskar’s only concern for this ODI is India’s fielding. “The fielding was sloppy at times. This group has set a high standard especially in the ground fielding department, but they were not quite there in Guwahati,” he said.