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Wasim Jaffer Concerned With India Going Into 2022 T20I World Cup With Yuzvendra Chahal As Main Spinner

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Sep 22, 2022 at 1:39 PM

Wasim Jaffer Concerned With India Going Into 2022 T20I World Cup With Yuzvendra Chahal As Main Spinner
Wasim Jaffer, the former India opener made a controversial comment on Yuzvendra Chahal after the beating he got against Australia in the 1st T20I. Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s form has nosedived in the run-up to the 2022 T20I World Cup when presented with unfavourable conditions.
India’s recent failures in the bowling department subsequently opened up a number of questions for captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid to deal with going into the 2022 T20I World Cup.

While Jasprit Bumrah missed the Asia Cup and the first match of India’s ongoing T20I series against Australia due to injury, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, otherwise dependable performers for much of the last one year, have faltered.

Yuzvendra Chahal Image Source: Twitter
Yuzvendra Chahal Image Source: Twitter

Wasim Jaffer Will Be Concerned Going Into 2022 T20I World Cup With Yuzvendra Chahal As Main Spinner As He Wants Excluded Ravi Bishnoi And Kuldeep Yadav

Yuzvendra Chahal was expensive throughout the 2022 Asia Cup and conceded 42 runs in just 3.2 overs for one wicket during the 1st T20I against Australia, in which India failed to defend a target of 209.

Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has said that the team may have to consider not taking Yuzvendra Chahal to Australia later this year for the T20I World Cup as their lead spinner.

Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)
Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)

“I have seen that when the conditions are against him, he doesn’t seem to have a lot of variety,” said Jaffer. “I will be concerned going into that World Cup with Yuzvendra Chahal as my main spinner. I will be looking at Ravi Bishnoi, he gives you something different.”

Ravi Bishnoi played just one game in the Asia Cup – the thrilling Super 4 match against Pakistan which India lost by five wickets. Ravi Bishnoi took the all-important wicket of Pakistan captain Babar Azam and ended the match with the best economy among the Indian bowlers.  Wasim Jaffer said that India can even consider bringing back Kuldeep Yadav.

“Even that one game that he played against Pakistan, I thought he bowled some difficult overs. There is (Ravichandran) Ashwin of course, we know what to expect from him and Chahal. But I will be keen to have a look at Bishnoi and Kuldeep Yadav. If Chahal is bowling like that, I will be worried.”

With Yuzvendra Chahal’s form taking a huge dip in recent matches in the Asia Cup 2022 and in the first T20I against Australia, Ravi Bishnoi’s chances of representing India in the 2022 T20I World Cup are rising sharply.

Wasim Jaffer Is Concerned That Bhuvneshwar Kumar Hasn’t Been At His Best

Wasim Jaffer also said that while Harshal Patel is understandably rusty as he is coming out of an injury, Bhuvneshwar’s form is a matter of worry.

“I’ll be very concerned. Bhuvi hasn’t been at his best. We know he is very good at the start of the innings but the way he has bowled in the death is a huge concern. You can sympathise with Harshal Patel, he is just coming out of an injury. It shows how dependent India are on Bumrah to bowl well up front and then again in the death,” he said.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar(Source: AP)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar(Source: AP)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, bowling his final over in the crucial 19th over of the game, gave away 16 runs, which essentially sealed the fate of the match. Overall, Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with the figures of 4-0-52-0, the worst amongst all India bowlers.

Harshal Patel also proved to be very expensive, but he was playing his first match after injury and the fans could understand that he was a bit out of rhythm. But, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, it happened third game in a row that he leaked too many runs in the 19th over and the game was almost over even before the 20th over started.

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