Saba Karim has recently named his preferred Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup which is all set to take place later this year. However, he chose Rahul Chahar ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal as the leg-spinner.
However, the selectors reportedly name the Indian squad for the mega event on September 8. While a few players are already confirmed, a few slots are yet to be filled as well. During a recent discussion on India News, Saba Karim has shared his views that the players who were part of the team during the home series against England should get the preference.
He said: “At times, we select players based on the format that is going on currently for the other format. We have to pay attention to the players who were shown faith in by the Indian selectors in the last home series that happened against England.”
Saba Karim further elaborated: “We don’t know if Washington Sundar will become fit by then or not. You will have to keep these things in mind while selecting the team. Whenever he has played T20Is for India, his performance has been very good.”
Meanwhile, Washington Sundar has sustained a finger injury during India’s ongoing tour of England and he had to return home. And, due to this, he has already been ruled out of the rest of IPL 2021 as well.
T Nataraj could be helpful with the left-arm angle: Saba Karim
While adding Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Deepak Chahar as the frontline pace bowlers, Saba Karim added that T Natarajan could be helpful with the left-arm angle.
He shared: “I feel you will need experience. Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar will be my three pace bowlers and if India feels that they need a left-arm pacer who has the ability to bowl yorkers and slower balls, then T Natarajan.”
“Along with that, I have chosen one player between Rahul Chahar and Yuzi Chahal. According to me, Rahul Chahar brings more to the team. His fielding is also quite good and is bowling well although Chahal has also bowled well. If Washington Sundar is not fit, the Indian selectors might start thinking about Varun Chakravarthy,” Saba Karim concluded.
Saba Karim’s Indian squad for the T20 World Cup:
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar