Mumbai: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has asked skipper Virat Kohli to include Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in India’s limited-overs squad.
Both the wrist-spinners were not part of the T20I squad which faced off against West Indies and South Africa.
Ganguly has identified the duo of Kuldeep and Chahal as an integral part of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.
“This is a good team but Virat needs to bring back the wrist spinners into this format,” Ganguly wrote in his column for Times of India. “I hope Yuzvendra Chahal has only been rested to give opportunity to others, or else he is a must for India in the T20 format.
“India doesn’t need two left-arm spinners [Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya]. The test series will start soon, and hopefully, India will play on good pitches and not rank turners, as it has been in the last series because India is a very good team on any surface.”
“The T20 World Cup is in Australia next year and opinions and judgments will be passed. The key person amidst all this will be Virat Kohli, and it will be important for him to stay calm for a long period of time,” added Ganguly.
Ahead of the series against South Africa, Virat Kohli had stressed on the fact that the team needs to find the best balance in the starting squad rather than sticking to only one combination.
“The increased depth in batting was one of the reasons why Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were excluded. Also, we wanted to give opportunities to the guys who have done well over the last couple of years in domestic cricket and in IPL. It is about finding the best balance in the combination and not just sticking to only one combination,” said the Indian captain....