Yuzvendra Chahal managed to pick up just three wickets in the first three games and had an economy of over 10 before he was dropped from the last two games against England. Rahul Chahar replaced him in the final two games and bowled with discipline and played his part in helping India a series win. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav has been added to the Indian ODI squad for the series against England and Deep Dasgupta wants the left-arm chinaman to have some game time in the series.
Talking to India Today, Deep Dasgupta said that Yuzvendra Chahal’s T20I performance was a wake-up call for him. Though he has been backed by his skipper Virat Kohli, there are spots up for grabs.
Wake Up Call For Yuzvendra Chahal: Deep Dasgupta
“He (Chahal) has looked a little off the boil this series. With Rahul Chahar coming in and performing, there are a lot of right-arm wrist-spinners, let alone wrist-spinners. I am sure he would have got a wake-up call there. I am sure he will up his game as well because he knows there is a fair amount of competition,” Dasgupta said while speaking on Sports Today.
Deep Dasgupta also spoke about the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI. The chinaman spinner has had a strange career of late which has seen him regularly being picked for the India Test and ODI squads but getting a spot in the playing XI has been difficult.
“I am glad that Kuldeep Yadav is there as well. You would ideally want Kuldeep to play a few games here. He has been a part of the white-ball teams but basically been a passenger over the last 2 years,” Dasgupta added.
Chahal and Kuldeep are India’s new age spin-twins in the shorter formats of the game but have not played together often since the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. It will be interesting to see if both of them play together in any of the three games.
The first game will be played on Match 23 followed by the last two on March 26 & 28. Both the teams have named the squads for the three-match series. There are some new faces in both sides and a few are expected to be given their debut ODI caps.