Two Spinners Who Could Play Along With Ashwin In The First India-England Test
The combined Test experience of the three spinners -- excluding Ashwin -- is just seven Tests.
With Virat Kohli's playing XI likely to include five specialist bowlers for the first Test in Chennai, which begins on February 5, there is a possibility that India might field two pace bowlers and three spinners, including Sundar.
Sundar provides an all-round option and performed well with both bat and ball in his debut Test in Brisbane earlier this month.
The team management had also hinted that it would play Yadav in the home series, with both skipper Ajinkya Rahane and bowling coach Bharat Arun saying that the wrist-spinner, who did not get a chance in Australia, has been working hard at the nets. Both said that his time would come in India during the series against England.
The chinaman bowler has not played a Test for over two years now and in the last first-class game he played in Sydney against Australia A, he went wicket-less in 16 overs.
But if Yadav gets a look-in along with Sundar and Ashwin -- the MA Chidambaram Stadium is the home ground of the latter two -- India will have to leave out Patel.
India also has left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar among reserves. Nadeem, 31, has played just one Test, against South Africa in 2019 while Chahar has played one T20I.