Former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has urged the Indian cricket team to consider the inclusion of wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in their squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. He emphasized the significance of having a wrist-spinner in the team, citing Chahal’s consistent performances in previous World Cups.
Chahal showcased his prowess during the last 50-over World Cup held in England, where he impressed with his bowling skills, claiming 12 wickets across eight matches. Despite his remarkable performances in white-ball cricket, Chahal was surprisingly excluded from the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and did not get an opportunity to play in any matches during the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
Speaking in an interview with Star Sports, Ganguly stressed the importance of having a diverse pool of spinners for the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2023. He emphasized the need for a balance between finger spinners such as Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Axar Patel, and wrist spinners like Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravi Bishnoi.
“I feel India have to find a wrist-spinner for this World Cup. (Ravindra) Jadeja is there, Ravichandran Ashwin is there, Axar Patel is there, who according to me is also an exceptional all-rounder. (Ravi) Bishnoi and Kuldeep (Yadav) are there, but (Yuzvendra) Chahal somehow misses big tournaments. He performs extremely consistently in shorter formats, whether it is 20-over or 50-over. It is important to keep an eye on him as well,” expressed Sourav Ganguly during the interview.
Ganguly’s remarks highlight the significance of having a wrist-spinner in the team’s repertoire. Chahal’s past performances, particularly in limited-overs cricket, have demonstrated his ability to make a significant impact. As India gears up for the World Cup, the inclusion of a wrist-spinner like Chahal could provide the team with an added dimension and enhance their chances of clinching the highly coveted trophy.