Sanjay Manjrekar, the former Indian batsman and commentator, said Yuzvendra Chahal should have played the T20I series opener against Australia on Friday in Canberra, saying he “feels sorry” for the leg-spinner. India did not play both their wrist-spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav as they opted to pick Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar instead as their spinners for the series opener in Canberra.
Jasprit Bumrah also did not find a spot in the playing XI as India made a few surprising selections as the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shreyas Iyer did not feature in the playing XI.
Sanjay Manjrekar Terms It Unfair To Not Select Yuzvendra Chahal In XI In 1st T20I
Sanjay Manjrekar said it’s a bit unfair not to have Yuzvendra Chahal start for India in the T20I series opener after a successful Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 campaign the India spinner had.
But in ODIs, Yuzvendra Chahal playing only two matches disappointed as he failed to make an immediate impact in the 50-over format. He set an unwanted record when he gave away 89 runs in the 1st ODI and leaked aplenty in the 2nd ODI, finishing with figures of 0 for 71.
However, Sanjay Manjrekar said it is unfair if India had taken a call on Yuzvendra Chahal’s selection in the 1st T20I based on his ODI form.
“I feel sorry for Chahal. I just feel that it’s one of those games where they feel that he is tired, he has played a couple of games and let’s rest him,” Manjrekar told Sony Ten 1 on Friday.
“Also, the lines are getting blurred between 50 overs and T20s. When you look at Chahal, he has had his best IPL ever as a leg-spinner and in the first game he plays for India, he is dropped,” said the commentator.
The wrist-spinner has 55 wickets in 42 T20Is averaging 24.35. Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 21 wickets averaging 19.28 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the UAE, becoming the only spinner to finish inside the top 5 in the bowling charts.
Sanjay Manjrekar Looking At Available Players And Best Possible India’s XI
India also dropped pacer Jasprit Bumrah for the first T20I after the Indian pacer played all 3 matches in the ODI series. Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer, who has been struggling for form in ODIs, also did not find a place in the XI as Manish Pandey took the Delhi Capitals’ captain’s place. Shreyas Iyer scored only 59 at a pathetic 19.67 in 3 games. Jasprit Bumrah took 4 wickets in 3 games averaging a high 48.75 conceding 195 runs in 3 games.
“Some of the things that are happening because of the number of matches, also he had a couple of rough games in the ODIs, that’s a little unfair. He was in such great T20I form but unfortunate to be dropped for the first T20I. I am looking so far ahead. I am just looking at players available and what could be India’s best possible XI, ” said Sanjay Manjrekar.
It remains to be seen if India’s Test specialists of the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja will feature in the 2nd and 3rd T20Is as the 1st practice match at Sydney in the lead-up to the all-important Test series starts on Sunday, December 6, clashing with the 2nd T20I at the same venue.