Virender Sehwag Can't Fathom Why Yuzvendra Chahal Was Omitted From India's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

Virender Sehwag Can’t Fathom Why Yuzvendra Chahal Was Omitted From India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

Virender Sehwag, the former Indian swashbuckling opener has questioned national selectors for overlooking leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal from India’s T20 World Cup squad.

Virender Sehwag opined that leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is a street-smart T20 bowler for which the selectors must provide an explanation for omitting him from the World Cup squad. Virender Sehwag added that the Haryana leg-spinner is an asset for any T20 team.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag Can’t Fathom Why Yuzvendra Chahal Was Omitted From The T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

The likes of spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy were preferred over Yuzvendra Chahal who wasn’t selected even among the standby players.

“Chahal was bowling well in the past also. I can’t fathom why he was omitted from the T20 World Cup squad. The selectors should provide the explanation. It’s not like Rahul Chahar bowled extraordinarily in Sri Lanka. The way Chahal is bowling, he will be an asset for any side in T20 cricket, ” said Virender Sehwag.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

The former cricketer Virender Sehwag pinpointed spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell’s spell during the middle overs as the turning point of the game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians which was won by the former.

“He knows how to bowl in his format, how to take wickets. The game was set up today by (Glenn) Maxwell and (Yuzvendra) Chahal. They took wickets in the middle orders which led to a turnaround,” said Virender Sehwag.

Yuzvendra Chahal was at his absolute best on Sunday evening. The right-arm wrist-spinner gave away just 11 runs in his four overs while claiming three wickets, including the prized scalps of Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan.

From having made his debut for RCB in 2014 to earning a national call-up in 2016 and taking 100 wickets in the IPL, Yuzvendra Chahal has had an impressive career so far. In his international career thus far, the 30-year old has bagged 97 and 63 wickets in 56 ODIs and 49 T20Is respectively apart from 130 scalps in 109 IPL games.

Ashish Nehra: Rahul Chahar Hasn’t Done Something Extraordinary Or Yuzvendra Chahal Has Done Extremely Poorly

Meanwhile, former left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra said that he would always prefer the experience of a marquee event like the T20I World Cup. Questioning Yuzvendra Chahal’s omission from the T20I World Cup squad, Ashish Nehra said that the RCB spinner hasn’t done so badly that the selectors did not find him worthy of being one of the five spinners Indian selectors have picked.

Ashish Nehra added that while Rahul Chahar has done well, he hasn’t done anything extraordinary to pip Yuzvendra Chahal for a spot in the World Cup team.

“I’ll always go back to experience for a tournament like the World Cup. It’s not like Rahul Chahar has done something extraordinary or Chahal has done extremely poorly.”

Leg-spinners Rahul Chahar (L) and Yuzvendra Chahal
Leg-spinners Rahul Chahar (L) and Yuzvendra Chahal (R)

“It’s not that Chahar hasn’t done well, but Chahal has been playing for a long time. In international cricket, a youngster gets a chance either when the incumbent is performing poorly or when the former turns out to be a rare talent. Neither is true in the current context,” continued Nehra.

The former seamer urged Yuzvendra Chahal to continue doing the hard work and await his next opportunity.

“The key for Chahal now is for him to continue performing in the remainder of the season and wait for future opportunities.”

Yuzvendra Chahal was omitted from India’s T20 squad after a prolonged period of underwhelming performances in T20Is. Since the start of 2020, he has managed 11 wickets in 13 T20Is at an average of 41.36 and an economy rate of 8.92. The spinner struggled in the first leg of the current IPL season but seems to have regained his mojo in the UAE.

Yuzvendra Chahal has picked 9 scalps so far in IPL 2021 in 10 games averaging 27.77 for RCB while Mumbai Indians’ Rahul Chahar has picked 12 scalps in 10 games averaging 24.25. Rahul Chahar-12 scalps, Varun Chakravarthy-11 scalps, Axar Patel-9 scalps have also been among the wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a couple.

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