Indian bowling coach, Paras Mhambrey, admitted that it was a difficult decision to drop the star off-spinner but the conditions in the morning forced India to make the change. Furthermore, he also cited the last combination where pacers did well for the Indian team.
“See, it’s always a very difficult decision to drop a champion bowler like that. But I thought looking at the conditions in the morning, I thought having the additional seamer would definitely be beneficial. And it also has worked in the past. If you look at the earlier games that we played, the last Test match, we went in four seamers, which really did well,” Mhambrey was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“So, you discuss which combination should be played on the wicket. Yes, you are saying that he is a world-class bowler. Definitely, no doubt about it. But I think when we have a conversation, the player also understands that if a decision is taken, it is taken for the team’s benefit,” he added.