Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav.
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra has backed Kuldeep Yadav to feature in Team India’s squad for the ICC World T20I 2022. India has picked Ravi Bishnoi for the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup 2022. Kuldeep Yadav will lead India’s spin attack in the Zimbabwe series.

The Asia Cup squad has the classic duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, along with Ravi Bishnoi and Yuzvendra Chahal. Kuldeep Yadav, who forms a lethal pair with Yuzvendra Chahal, failed to make the cut again for Asia Cup 2022.

The 15-men squad for the Asia Cup announced by BCCI earlier this week has led to a series of discussions in the cricket fraternity. The last few days have seen several former cricketers coming up with their opinions. Many questioned the omission of seasoned pacer Mohammad Shami while the absence of Kuldeep Yadav raised a few eyebrows as well.

It’s being speculated that the squad for the upcoming 2022 T20I World Cup in Australia is going to be almost similar to the one announced for the Asia Cup 2022. Few names like Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, who are currently injured, will be back into consideration. However, it’s yet to be seen what the spin department would look like.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: Playing Yuzvendra Chahal In T20Is Is A Must

Former India opener Aakash Chopra, in his latest YouTube video, spoke about the spinners who would board the flight to Australia later this year. He recalled last year’s campaign in the UAE when Yuzvendra Chahal wasn’t named in the squad while India failed to make it to the knockout stages.

“Chahal’s name should’ve been in the last year’s T20 World Cup squad, but it wasn’t. You all were surprised and so was I. Rather, it was shocking for me. Following the exit before the knockouts, it was clear that playing Yuzi in the T20s is a must. He has taken 16 wickets in 13 games for India and averages 18.6; that means he’s very good,” Chopra said.

Yuzvendra Chahal now has the most wickets in a single IPL season for RR.© BCCI/IPL
Yuzvendra Chahal now has the most wickets in a single IPL season for RR.© BCCI/IPL

“And in IPL, he has 27 wickets from 17 games, including a hat-trick that he had taken earlier this year. So, a genuine wicket-taker that India has, it’s Yuzi Chahal. When you play spinners, they have got a couple of roles – first, to be economical, if your fast bowlers are taking wickets. Second, if the pacers aren’t good wicket-takers, then you would want your spinners to control the middle overs and pick up wickets. And that spinner is Chahal,” Aakash Chopra added.

The leg-spinner was picked for Rs. 6.5 crores by Rajasthan Royals during the IPL 2022 auction. In IPL 2022, he has picked 27 scalps in only 17 games averaging only 19.52 which came at an economy rate of only 7.75. In the IPL 2022 season, Yuzvendra Chahal ended up winning the Purple Cap after picking up 27 wickets

Aakash Chopra Would Be Inclined To Pick Kuldeep Yadav Ahead Of Ravi Bishnoi

Aakash Chopra further highlighted that Kuldeep Yadav is one of the wicket-taking bowlers and would pick him ahead of Ravi Bishnoi.

“Kuldeep has played just 2 games since last year’s T20 World Cup and picked up 3 wickets. But in IPL, he scalped 21 wickets in 14 matches. If you are searching for a wicket-taking bowler, you must go for a bowler with variations. If there’s a race between Ravi Bishnoi and Kuldeep, I’ll be titled towards the Chinaman bowler,” Aakash Chopra added.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav Photo Credit: AP

Aakash Chopra concluded by saying, “If India is looking for wicket-takers, then Jadeja, Axar, and Ashwin aren’t the players. It’s Yuzi, Kuldeep, and Bishnoi who can get you wickets.”

Kuldeep Yadav’s comeback performance in IPL 2022, in which he bowled more quickly and confidently while scooping up 21 wickets for Delhi Capitals, was a very encouraging sight.

During India’s T20I series against South Africa in June, many people anticipated that his illustrious streak would continue.

But due to a hand injury, he was unable to play in the series, go to Ireland and England, or the ODIs against the West Indies. In the fifth T20I match against the West Indies in Lauderhill, he finally got his chance, capturing three wickets in an outstanding bowling display in which spinners claimed all 10 wickets.