The former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has urged the captain Virat Kohli to bring wrist spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav back in the T20I format. Kohli recently said that the focus is to strengthen the lower order batting and thus both the spinners have been left of the shortest version of the game.
Subsequently, the likes of Deepak Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar are getting their opportunities. Furthermore, it was also about giving opportunities to players who have done well in the Indian Premier League. However, Ganguly believes both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are going to be the backbone of Indian bowling in the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Will Chahal and Kuldeep reclaim their spot?
Chahal and Kuldeep were not included for the T20I series against West Indies and South Africa. Hence, it would be interesting to note whether they can get back into the team for the series against Bangladesh.
“This is a good team but Virat needs to bring back the wrist spinners into this format,” Ganguly wrote in his column for Times of India. “I hope Yuzvendra Chahal has only been rested to give the opportunity to others, or else he is a must for India in the T20 format.
Ganguly believes there is no need to include two left-arm spinners in Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya in the playing XI. Moreover, the Prince of Kolkata stated that the Test series against South Africa should be played on good wickets rather than rank turners.
The pitches should be good.
“India doesn’t need two left-arm spinners [Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya]. The test series will start soon, and hopefully, India will play on good pitches and not rank turners, as it has been in the last series because India is a very good team on any surface.”
Ganguly believes that the onus will be on Virat Kohli on how he will lead his side. Kohli has been instrumental in the success of the team and he would like to lead from the front.
“The T20 World Cup is in Australia next year and it is quite natural that a lot of so called interested parties in cricket will jump up and down, passing their opinions and judgements about all that can happen. The key person amidst all this will be Virat Kohli and it will be important for him to stay calm for a long period of time,” Ganguly added.
The next T20 World Cup is in Australia and the Men in Blue would need to cease the crucial stages of the big matches.