Nilesh Kulkarni Feels Rahul Chahar Is A Good Inclusion For The Indian T20I Side
Recently, the 19-year-old leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has earned his maiden international call-up. The national selectors have included him in the T20I squad for the upcoming West Indies and the USA tour. Former Indian spinner Nilesh Kulkarni feels that the youngster Rahul is a good inclusion.
On last Sunday (21st July), the national selectors announced the Indian squads for their upcoming tour. From 3rd August to 3rd September, India will play a three-match bilateral T20I series, three-match bilateral ODI series and two-match bilateral Test series against Windies in the West Indies and the USA tour.
Among the selected players for the upcoming tour, only the leg-spinner Rahul Chahar and the pacer Navdeep Saini are the uncapped players.
Rahul Chahar had a good season last year – Nilesh Kulkarni
Former left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni believes that Rahul Chahar’s inclusion can create a good back-up slot in spin bowling.
Kulkarni told according to PTI, “Well, in my opinion, it’s a good inclusion purely because Rahul had a good season last year. More importantly, if the selectors are addressing that area, if at all the injury or form concerns erupt with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, then you still have a back-up bowler ready to fill in that slot and there is no void.
“So, it is a brilliant strategy and compliments for that thought process of the team management and selectors. That is how you build (a team) by creating more options and not depending on one or two options.”
Coaches need to be given a long rope – Nilesh Kulkarni
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) hasn’t appointed the head coach of Mumbai cricket team yet for the new season. The 46-year-old Nilesh Kulkarni believes that the coaches should earn longer contracts to build up a team.
He said, “I agree, coaches need to be given a long rope. Then you can come up with a strategy which can last for a decent period. And they will know they can build a team and make sure that it justifies the next 10-year road map.
“They need to get confidence that they are there for period of 2-3 years so that they can bring in necessary changes for development of the team.”
Nilesh Kulkarni was the first Indian to take a wicket with the first ball in Test career. He made his Test debut in early August 1997 while he made his ODI debut just a few days earlier. The Mumbai cricketer played three Tests and 10 ODIs where he bagged two and 11 wickets respectively.
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