Virat Kohli Needs To Bring Back Yuzvendra Chahal Back Into T20I Team, Says Sourav Ganguly

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has said that the Virat Kohli needs to bring back wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav back into the T20I squad. Both the players are not a part of the T20I squad and it is not yet clear whether they have been rested or dropped owning to nominal results in the shortest format.

“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 the opportunity to others, or else he is a must for India in the T20 format,” Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India.

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“India doesn’t need two left-arm spinners [Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya]. 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 a very good team on any surface,” he added.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Aakash Chopra
Yuzvendra Chahal with Kuldeep Yadav. (Credits – Getty)

At first, Chahal and Kuldeep were dropped from the T20I squad for the tour of West Indies, which was supposed to be just one-off experiment. Later, they also did not find for a place in the squad for the South Africa T20Is, which confirmed that the selectors are looking at other options going into two T20 World Cups that will be played in 2020 and 2021.

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While Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja have their places fixed, Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahal have the challenge to keep their spot in the playing XI.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Virat Kohli, KUldeep Yadav
Credits – BCCI

The chances of Kuldeep and Chahal of making a comeback are still alive but given their form in the shortest format in recent months, they might have to sit out for long.

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Virat Kohli Needs To Bring Back Yuzvendra Chahal Back Into T20I Team, Says Sourav Ganguly

Sundar has done well since his comeback while Chahar has only got one chance, that came against West Indies. He is expected to get his chances in the Bangladesh T20I series.

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While Chahal will have to sit out for long as India do not play an ODI till the month of December. Kuldeep is likely to get a chance in the three-match Test series against South Africa. He is not expected to get a nod over R Ashwin but will play the role of the third spinner due to conditions in India.