India's chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who was dropped from the Indian squad following his disappointing run in the two Tests against England, wants to be better prepared for the West Indies series later in October this year.
Kuldeep, who is currently playing the unofficial Test against Australia A, has opened up on the chat he had with chief selector MSK Prasad and head coach Ravi Shastri before returning to India.
“I spoke to (Chairman of Selectors) M.S.K. Prasad sir and India head coach Ravi (Shastri) sir before leaving England. They told me to play as much cricket as possible,” said the 23-year-old.
"The conditions in England were such that a team can play only one spinner. So opportunities for me were few. I’d rather play here, as sitting out of the Indian team does not really help me. These two unofficial Tests are very important for me, as I can build my red-ball experience. If I get into the rhythm for India-A, then I will be better prepared for the West Indies series,” Kuldeep added.
The left-armer is expected to make it to the Test squad for the series against West Indies, where there are better chances of India playing more than two spinners.
With Ravichandran Ashwin being India's premier spinner followed by Ravindra Jadeja, who is an automatic selection in Asian conditions, India's limited overs specialist, who has featured in just a couple of Tests till now, will have to wait for his turn.