Wasim Jaffer expresses his concern over Chahal’s form for India

Rahul Chahar was picked ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal in India’s T20 World Cup squad and Wasim Jaffer explained the reason for it | Photo: BCCI

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wasim Jaffer expressed his concerns over Yuzvendra Chahal’s form
  • Jaffer explained why Rahul Chahar got picked ahead of Chahal for T20 World Cup 2021
  • Chahal has gone for over 12 runs per over in the ongoing series against South Africa
Team India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is coming off from his most successful IPL stint playing for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) having scalped 27 wickets and won the purple cap. However, the Haryana spinner hasn’t been able to replicate his form di lui for the Indian team.

The numbers have shown that Chahal’s form took a downward slide in the latter half of the season. The leggie has given away runs at 9.46 of late. In three playoff matches and two games in the ongoing series against South Africa, Chahal has given away 172 runs in 18.1 overs taking just 2 wickets and the economy has only increased in the last two games as the right-arm spinner has gone for 75 runs in 6.1 overs bowled in the series thus far.

Chahal could have been on a wicket-taking spree in the IPL, but his form at the highest level has left a lot to be desired and former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer considers this as the main reason for him getting left out of the T20 World Cup squad for India last year.

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Speaking on ESPNCricinfo, Jaffer said that to the right-handers, especially, his numbers have been below-par for a leggie and he has to work on the same.

“The kind of impact Yuzi has in IPL, he is not transferring that into the international games for some time now. That’s the reason Rahul Chahar got picked over him in the last T20 World Cup.

The former India Test opener also highlighted an area of ​​concern for Chahal. “Especially bowling to the right-handers his numbers di lui doesn’t justify what a leg spinner should have. He bowls well to the left-handers so that is something he needs to work on, ”Jaffer further said.

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Should India make a change and bring in the young leggie waiting in the wings, Ravi Bishnoi? Jaffer suggested that it might not be right to drop him just after two games, but Bishnoi is an option, however, Axar Patel can’t be dropped as well given his capabilities di lui with the bat.

“You need to stick with him, couple of bad games but he’s a premium spinner. Ravi Bishnoi is the one you probably need to think, two leg-spinners bowling to right-hander or the left-hander will probably have more impact. Axar Patel does play because he comes at number seven, he can bat a bit, but I think it’s the wickets from the spinners that you need. Spinners are expensive and not picking up wickets, I think it’s going to be a lot of problems and even the third seamer hasn’t done much impact. Hardik Pandya went for runs, ”Jaffer added.

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India will need to put on a better show as the series is on the line with three games to go.

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