Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh has sent some words of encouragement towards Haryana leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, saying that he still hopes to see him in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 which will begin from October 17 in UAE.
The 31-year-old leggie was not picked in the 15-man Indian squad which was named by the BCCI selection panel for the T20 World Cup 2021 which surprised a lot of people, while a section of fans and experts defended the move citing his recent form with the ball, especially in the first half of the IPL 2021 in India.
Harbhajan Singh, who was part of the Indian team’s 2007 T20 World Cup win in South Africa, tweeted about Yuzvendra Chahal and encouraged him to keep performing well. He said that he was still hoping to see Chahal in the Indian team squad for the T20 World Cup.
Apart from this, Harbhajan also advised Chahal to not bowl too slow which was one of the reasons for the spinner’s exclusion from the squad.
“You have given ur best as always.. keep it up.. and make sure u keep bowling the right pace. Not too slow OK..still hoping to see you in team India for T20 World Cup. Champion bowler,” Harbhajan tweeted for Chahal.
You have given ur best as always.. keep it up.. and make sure u keep bowling the right pace 😝.. Not too slow OK..still hoping to see you in team India for T20 World Cup.. Champion bowler 👍 https://t.co/ZOhxlNsmhv
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 5, 2021
Once You Have Picked The Squad For World Cup, I Don’t Think You Should Make Any Changes: Ajit Agarkar
Meanwhile, former India pacer and Harbhajan Singh’s teammate in the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning Indian team, Ajit Agarkar was of the opinion that once the selectors have chosen a squad, they shouldn’t make any changes to it, barring any injuries. This was said taking in consideration that some players going through a lean patch in the ongoing IPL 2021 ahead of the showpiece ICC event in UAE.
“In my opinion, once you have picked the squad for World Cup — barring injury — I don’t think you should make any changes. Yes, there are guys at the moment who are not in their great form, but it only takes one innings — whether it’s bowling or batting — to change that form around, and that could still happen before the end of the IPL,” Agarkar said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Agarkar also added that India should stick with the same squad as it takes just one match in the ongoing IPL 2021 for the players to get back their form.
“So, if you think that’s the best 15 you’ve picked going to the World Cup, my personal opinion, I would stick with it, because you gotta show faith in people even when things are not looking so good, because things can turn around very quickly,” said Agarkar.
India squad for the T20 World Cup 2021:
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Varun, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan.
Stand-byes: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.