To end the ICC title drought, the BCCI selected a strong 15-member Indian squad last month for the T20 World Cup which kicks off later this month. The squad’s biggest takeaway was the spin-heavy bowling unit that was chosen, with R Ashwin’s return to the limited-overs fold being the biggest talking point. Calls were handed out to Varun Chakravarthy and leg spinner Rahul Chahar, while Shikhar Dhawan was a major omission.
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With the likes of Ashwin, Chahar and Chakravarthy, the BCCI surprisingly omitted veteran Yuzvendra Chahal, a decision that surprised former Main Selector MSK Prasad. That said, the former Indian wicketkeeper saw the logic behind the decision and explained what could have led to Chahar getting the nod over Chahal.
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“I think he is our best T20 bowler in terms of wickets. He has done a great job over the last 4-5 years. Fortunately, or unfortunately, what the selectors must have thought is the competition between Rahul Chahar and Yuzvendra Chahal. On flat wickets Like in Bangalore, he (Chahal) has never disappointed his captain Virat and he has always given you wickets,” Prasad told Sports Tak.
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Furthermore, Prasad pointed out that Chahal’s form had seen a slump in recent years while Chahar’s shares had risen, taking 13, 15 and 13 wickets respectively in the last three seasons of IPL while playing for Mumbai Indians. In 2020 Chahal played just 4 ODIs for India, taking seven wickets and representing in 9 T20Is where he took seven wickets.
“But when you see his performance over the past year, year and a half, there is a little dip in his performance. Rahul Chahar, on the other hand, has been instrumental in winning back-to-back IPL titles for Mumbai Indians. Probably That went in Chahar’s favor,” Prasad added.