In the second Test of the series on Thursday, India entered the field without Kuldeep Yadav, surprising many spectators and former players. In the first Test, Kuldeep put on a player-of-the-match display, picking up a five-wicket haul and finishing with eight dismissals. The spinner had also made a bat-related contribution, going 40 in the lower order to help India achieve a respectable total of 404 in the first innings.

Jaydev Unadkat, a bowler playing in his first Test for India since 2010, replaced Kuldeep. KL Rahul acknowledged that leaving the spinner out was an “unfortunate” move, but Sunil Gavaskar, a former captain of India and batting icon, criticized the team’s management for making the choice.

Gavaskar called the choice “unbelievable,” adding that if the pitch’s characteristics had been taken into consideration, they could have dropped any spinner.

It’s unimaginable to drop a Man of the Match. The only word I have is a kindly one, and that’s all I can say. Gavaskar was reported as stating to Sony Sports Network, “I would want to use rather harsher words, but, amazingly, you left out a man of the match who grabbed eight out of the 20 wickets.

“You have two more spinners. Therefore, it was possible that one of the other spinners may have fallen. But this bowler, who claimed eight wickets, ought to have played today with consideration for the condition of the ground, he said.

Kuldeep has rejoined the Indian Test squad, his first appearance there since March 2021. In the first Test’s two innings, he recorded outstanding stats of 5/40 and 3/73.

Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, won the toss and chose to bat in Dhaka earlier. Yasir Ali and Ebadot Hossain have been replaced by Mominul Haque, a batsman, and Taskin Ahmed, a fast bowler, in the hosts’ XI.