MSK Prasad has stated that competition with Rahul Chahar has ruled out Yuzvendra Chahal from the T20 World Cup squad, despite being India’s best T20 bowler and not disappointing his captain Virat Kohli. However, Prasad further stated that there has been a dip in Chahal’s performance lately.
The BCCI last month announced a 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup starting October 17 in the UAE and Oman. Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar were selected for the squad to boost Team India’s spin bowling division. However, Yuzvendra Chahal, who has scalped 63 wickets from 49 T20Is for India, was ousted from the squad. Fans and cricket experts were surprised by the board’s decision to exclude the 31-year-old from the squad.
Meanwhile, India’s former chief selector MSK Prasad declared Chahal to be India’s best T20 bowler in terms of wickets, but competition with Rahul Chahar shut him out of the T20 World Cup roster. He added that Chahal has never disappointed Virat Kohli when he played for RCB, and he has always taken wickets for the team when the franchise needed a breakthrough.
“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.
Prasad further spoke of Chahal’s exclusion from the T20 World Cup squad, stating that the 31-year-old has had a drought for wickets in the past, while Rahul Chahar has played a vital role in winning back-to-back IPL titles for the Rohit Sharma-led side in the cash-rich league.
“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.
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