Varun Chakravarthy has gone wicketless in the three games so far he has played in – he missed the Afghanistan match due to a niggle – however, his economy of 6.45 suggests that the mystery spinner has been able to tie the batsman down; he has bowled a few overs inside the powerplay and has been really effective with keeping the scoring rate in check.
Rahul Chahar, who was preferred over Yuzvendra Chahal as the leg-spinner in the squad, hasn’t had a game so far in the tournament, with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja being the other two spinners in the eleven.
Danish Kaneria reckoned Chahar could be a better wicket-taking spinner with his plethora of variations than Varun Chakravarthy.
“Rahul Chahar is a better choice than Varun Chakravarthy. He is a right-arm leg-spinner and has a lot of variety. Varun, on the other hand, lacks variety. Rahul could be a wicket-taking option. However, Rahul’s confidence might have shattered now,” Kaneria said in his YouTube video.
India need Afghanistan to defeat New Zealand to remain alive in the semi-final race
It has all come down to the last couple of days of the Super 12 stage for India (4 points), New Zealand (6 points), and Afghanistan (4 points), and one of them will join Pakistan as the second team to reach the semi-finals from Group 2. India have the best net run rate of these three teams.
New Zealand and Afghanistan will clash on Sunday in Abu Dhabi. The equation for the Kiwis is simple: defeat Afghanistan and proceed to the semi-final with 8 points, while a loss will knock them out as Afghanistan have a better NRR than New Zealand.
For Afghanistan to qualify for the semis, they’d have to defeat New Zealand by a big margin so as to haul over India’s net run rate.
Virat Kohli and co. are hoping for Afghanistan to come out trumps against the Black Caps. India’s last game is against Namibia on Monday, and if Afghanistan manage to defeat New Zealand, India would know exactly the situation regarding the net run rate.