Team India’s recent strategy in T20Is have baffled many. Skipper Virat Kohli recently stated that the team-management have dropped Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in order to try out other bowlers who could also bat. The skipper made it clear that the team-management is looking for bowling options who can only bat for next year’s T20 World Cup.
In an ideal world, the majority would have preferred Kuldeep and Chahal to partner the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, India dropped Kuldeep and Chahal from their squad for their last two T20 series. Playing both Kuldeep and Chahal hurts their batting depth, and that’s a strong enough reason for India to take the tough decision.
“That (batting depth) was one of the reasons, it also to give opportunities to the guys who have done well in the domestic format and the T20 format, in the IPL also,” Kohli had explained ahead of the South Africa series.
Unsurprisingly, the decision has raised a lot of eyebrows. Both Chahal and Kuldeep have done extremely well since breaking into the team in 2017. And as India continue with their baffling tactics, legendary Yuvraj Singh has fired a warning at them. The T20 World Cup and the 50-over World Cup winner called the tactics stupid.
The former India batsman urged the team-management to play main bowlers in order to succeed. Yuvraj made it clear that India would need their main bowlers to win next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
“It is very stupid to think that we (Team India) have to bat deep. In the last 3 to 4 years during every IPL auction, most of the money is spent on the bowlers. The thinktank needs to understand that you have to have main bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav. Especially if you are playing on flat tracks, you need very good bowlers,” Yuvraj told India Today.
“You need really good bowlers to win the T20 World Cup. Yes, we have a great batting side. We have Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. Middle-order you know, Shreyas Iyer has done very well in the ODIs. So batting is not an issue but you need bowlers to win the World Cup. Definitely (on bringing wrist-spinners). My thinking is it is very easy to hit pacers but to reach out to the pitch of a delivery bowled by a spinner may create problems for you,” he added.