Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik reckons that Yuzvendra Chahal needs to be wary of his performance as there are two spinners, Ravi Bishnoi and Rahul Chahar, waiting in the wings to take his place.
For the upcoming white-ball series against West Indies, Bishnoi has received his maiden callup. He has been performing well in the IPL and deservedly got a chance to join the squad. Chahal’s ineffectiveness in the ODI series against South Africa has also forced the selectors to consider other options.
“At this point of time, outside of Chahal, if you got to pick a wrist-spinner, then there is Rahul Chahar and Ravi Bishnoi. And looking at the way things have panned out, I do feel Bishnoi is ahead at the moment right now.”
“But we need to see how badly is Chahal bowling. His stats say that he hasn’t had the best of years. But in many ways he has been lucky because there is nobody pushing him for a place in the squad,” Karthik told Cricbuzz.
The lack of wrist spinners is due to a lack of domestic matches, as per Dinesh Karthik
Karthik also felt that the Ranji Trophy being cancelled had a big say in the opportunities that youngsters are getting. The Vijay Hazare Trophy has very few games and the sample size isn’t enough for a budding bowler to come through.
“So you have to understand that these things happen due to lack of domestic cricket. We are only looking at IPL. There is nothing else to look at in terms of new bowlers, fast bowlers are there in plenty, but when it comes to wrist spinners, there are hardly any.
“And that will remain an issue due to lack of domestic cricket because you need people with a lot of wickets, especially wrist spinners, and they haven’t played the longer format.”
“They play only 4-5 games of Vijay Hazare and that’s all you get as a sample to choose from. That is why in the last two years you haven’t seen anybody come out from the ranks. And the main reason is of course Covid which has created havoc for many domestic cricketers.
“While a lot of the international cricketers want a break, the domestic cricketers want a game right now,” Karthik added.
India will face West Indies in the white-ball series starting from February 6.