Yuzvendra Chahal in action during 2nd T20I against South Africa in Cuttack (BCCI Photo)
Yuzvendra Chahal in action during 2nd T20I against South Africa in Cuttack (BCCI Photo)

Aakash Chopra believes Yuzvendra Chahal will definitely be a part of the Indian team for the upcoming T20I World Cup 2022. The cricketer-turned-commentator expressed shock at the leg-spinner’s exclusion from the Indian squad in the last edition of the tournament.

Yuzvendra Chahal was overlooked for the T20I World Cup last year, with the likes of Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy picked ahead of him. The wily spinner has made an excellent comeback post that tournament and has almost sealed his place in the Indian squad for the upcoming edition to be played in Australia later this year.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Shocked To See Yuzvendra Chahal Not Included In 2021 T20I World Cup Squad

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra reflected on the spin-bowling options the selectors have for the global event.

He had the following to say about Yuzvendra Chahal: “Let’s start with Yuzi Chahal. His name should have one-hundred percent been there in the last World Cup as well. It was not there, you were surprised, I was also surprised. It was shocking for me.”

Yuzvendra Chahal Image Source: Twitter
Yuzvendra Chahal Image Source: Twitter

Aakash Chopra pointed out that Yuzvendra Chahal has dished out consistent performances since his return to the Indian side.

The former Indian batter elaborated: “As soon as we lost the World Cup, we said that it is necessary to play Yuzi Chahal. He has picked up 16 wickets in the 13 matches he has played since then in T20 internationals, an average of 18 and an economy of 7.1, which means he has been very very good.”

Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up 10 wickets in the last five T20Is he has played. The 32-year-old was rested for the recently concluded T20I series against the West Indies but is back in the 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022.

Aakash Chopra: Yuzvendra Chahal Is A Wicket Taer As Proved In IPL 2022 Where He Earned Purple Cap

Aakash Chopra highlighted that the Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner was even more penetrative during IPL 2022. The leg-spinner was picked for Rs. 6.5 crores by Rajasthan Royals during the IPL 2022 auction. The leg spinner was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore last season. He scalped 18 wickets in 15 games in IPL 2021.

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

“Yuzi is a wicket-taker, no doubt. These were international numbers. IPL numbers, the Purple Cap numbers – 27 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 19, an economy of 7.7 and a strike rate of 15. He picked up a five-wicket haul and a hat-trick as well.”

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

Aakash Chopra concluded by opining that Yuzvendra Chahal is a sure-shot pick in the Indian side for the T20I World Cup.

The reputed commentator reasoned: “He is the No. 1 genuine wicket-taker that you have. In my opinion, when you play a spinner, he can have two roles – one is economical if your fast bowlers are wicket-takers else you want your spinners to control the middle overs and pick up wickets. The guy is definitely going to Australia, there is no debating that.”

Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up four wickets in the three T20Is he has played in Australia. This includes a best of 3/25, when he came in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja in the first T20I against Australia in Canberra in December 2020.