Yuzvendra Chahal And Kuldeep Yadav used to be the dominant players for India in the limited-overs format. However, it isn’t the same now, as the Indian National Cricket Team is looking to have spinners in the team, who can also bat down the order when team requires them. Meanwhile, the former spinner Sunil Joshi wants the duo to head back to the domestic circuit and prove their mettle.
Rahul Chahar and Washington Sundar are part of the T20 squad for the South Africa series beginning in Dharamsala on September 15. They both also travelled to the Caribbean last month. Alongside the duo, Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya also available for the team, who also adds a depth to the batting lineup.
Both Kuldeep and Chahal, who had cemented their place in the two shorter formats with impressive performances over the past 24 months, have not been picked for two straight T20 series, including the ongoing home assignment against South Africa.
White-ball cricket is all about rhythm – Sunil Joshi
The duo was kept away from the team and, the selectors asked the youngsters to fill the roles of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Meanwhile, Sunil Joshi feels that the duo must be in touch with the game, hence, heading back to domestic cricket would be the best plan.
Sunil Joshi feels that Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav must go back to domestic cricket in order to be in rhythm. As they are being picked in only one format, Sunil Joshi feels it is important for the spin duo to stay in the rhythm and improve their tactics.
“I would suggest that Kuldeep and Chahal should go back to domestic cricket when they are not on national duty. Finger spinner or wrist spinner is not the question here. It is about having the tactics to outclass the batsman besides technique and temperament,” Joshi told PTI. Let’s see how the young spinners do and ample opportunities should be given to them.
”At the same time if Chahal and Kuldeep are playing only one format it could disturb their rhythm. White ball cricket is all about rhythm. The conditions will be different in Australia for the T20 World Cup with the bigger grounds. Overspin will come in handy. All the spinners who are in the hunt should be told about their roles clearly else it might cause confusion in their minds,” Joshi added.
After the first game being washed out, the following two games are in Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru (September 22). India, however, will play twelve Twenty20 Internationals in the next five months at home. That will give the selectors to choose a probable squad for the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to play in October 2020.