The conditions in England are expected to assist the spinners far more than it has done in the recent past which has put the spotlight on not only the Indian spinners but also on the management.
Kuldeep Yadav, the young left-arm wrist spinner who tormented the England batting attack in the limited overs leg, has received immense support on his inclusion in the playing XI. However, in R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, India already have two match-winners up their sleeves and suddenly there is a stern decision to make.
'We don't have to forget about Ashwin or Jadeja'
Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian vice-captain has admitted that while Kuldeep is the x-factor in the side, they cannot forget the contributions of Ashwin or Jadeja.
"Kuldeep is the X-factor in our team. We will have to see how the wicket will be like tomorrow and the day after but we don't have to forget about Ashwin and Jadeja.
"Ashwin and Jadeja have been doing really well for us; Ashwin especially with his batting as well as his bowling," Rahane briefed the media two days before the first Test starts.
The vice-captain also spoke about the Indian top order, mainly about Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara who did not look impressive in the warm-up games. He threw his support behind the duo and said that they are bound to come good.
"We are not at all worried. Both are quality batsmen. It takes you one innings to get back in form. We all back them. But ultimately, the coach and captain will take the final decision," he said.
Speaking about the conditions, Rahane said that the team had a good practice session in Essex, but had to cancel their session in Birmingham owing to rains. He also said that these are the conditions which are challenging and hence the team is really excited for the upcoming series.
"Playing in England is always a challenge, It is important to play some good cricket, rather than thinking of the result. Guys are in good shape. (We need to) enjoy the challenge of playing overseas. Really looking forward to that," he quipped.