Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav haven’t played much international cricket since the World Cup 2019. They are again not selected in the squad against South Africa for T20I series. In place of them, the youngsters are being given place in the squad. Aakash Chopra, the cricket expert, is with the decision but says its to early to take the call.
Both Kuldeep and Chahal have shown their values in limited-overs cricket in the past 24 months. They have played crucial roles in the limited-overs cricket. But they have not been picked for two straight T20I series which is a matter of concern for them.
Chopra says that it is correct to think about the lower order batting problem and give chance to the bowlers who can help to gain the run. He detects that the same technique was used by England players and they achieved the goal and feels that India want the same change.
“The idea is if you have that much depth in batting you bat a certain way. You can’t bat conservatively if you have that kind of depth. That is what England did. They changed the template completely. They focused on batting deep as they wanted to score 400 (in ODIs) and they achieved it many times,” Chopra told PTI.
“It looks India is wanting to take the same aggressive approach in T20s and there is nothing wrong in that. Now, they need to start showing the intent of scoring 220 consistently.”
“Batting till 8, 9 and 10 is still ambitious (as you don’t need them at all in a 20 over game) but if you are trying to score 220 it is fine,” he explained.
Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav must play domestic cricket – Sunil Joshi
Sunil Joshi feels that both young players should continue playing in domestic cricket and should not break their rhythm. As they are being picked in only one format, Sunil Joshi feels it is important for the spin duo to stay in the rhythm and improve their tactics.
“I would suggest that Kuldeep and Chahal should go back to domestic cricket when they are not on national duty. Finger spinner or wrist spinner is not the question here. It is about having the tactics to outclass the batsman besides technique and temperament,” Joshi told PTI.
“Let’s see how the young spinners do and ample opportunities should be given to them but at the same time if Chahal and Kuldeep are playing only one format it could disturb their rhythm. White ball cricket is all about rhythm.”
“The conditions will be different in Australia for the T20 World Cup with the bigger grounds. Overspin will come in handy. All the spinners who are in the hunt should be told about their roles clearly else it might cause confusion in their minds,” Joshi added.