There has been a lot of talks surrounding Team India’s wrist spinners - Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Both Kuldeep and Chahal have suffered a dip in form since the conclusion of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and failed to live up to their potential in the ICC World Cup 2019. Both the bowlers played a match each in the three-match ODI series against the West Indies but looked lacklustre even on the spin-friendly pitches in the Caribbean nation. The duo was not picked for the T20I series against the Windies and South Africa and rather the team management decided to hand opportunities to other youngsters.
Former Indian skipper and a legend of the game, Sourav Ganguly hopes Chahal’s absence from the Indian squad is temporary as he feels the right-arm leg-spinner is a must for the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game. India have been playing Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar in T20Is and have reaped rewards by clean-sweeping West Indies while drawing the series against the Proteas. However, Ganguly feels India don’t need two left-arm spinners in the playing XI.
"Other than the middle-order this is a good team but Virat needs to bring back the wrist spinners into this format. I hope Yuzvendra Chahal has only been rested to give opportunity to others or else he is a must for India in the T20 format. India doesn't need two left-arm spinners. 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 very good team on any surface," Ganguly wrote in his column for Times of India.
With India’s home cycle currently going on, it can be expected that the Men in Blue will have at least two or three spinners in their playing XI. Hardik Pandya brings the option of third seam bowler and with Hardik's inclusion, Virat Kohli has the leverage to play just two pacers in the team. In Tests, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav are likely to fight for two spots in Tests and in limited-overs, Jadeja, Krunal, Chahal, Kuldeep, Sundar and Rahul Chahar are likely to fill in the spinners’ slot. But the question remains, can Chahal and Kuldeep make a comeback to the Indian team soon?