Deep Dasgupta believes Varun should feature Chakravarthy in India’s first-choice XI at the T20 World Cup as the lead spinner, alongside all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Chakravarthy took 15 wickets from 12 matches during IPL 2021 while maintaining an excellent economy of 6.73.
Varun Chakravarthy would be one of India’s five spin bowling options at the T20 World Cup starting next month, alongside Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar and Axar Patel. The 30-year-old had earned a first India call-up for the 2020/21 tour of Australia after an impressive run at the previous IPL 2020, but was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
He eventually made his T20I debut on the Sri Lanka tour in July, returning with two wickets from three matches while maintaining an economy of 5.3. He has carried his form into the second leg of the IPL, which has given Kolkata Knight Riders a strong chance of qualifying for the play-offs, having lost five out of seven games in the first half of the season.
Deep Dasgupta believes Chakravarthy should be India’s first choice at the T20 World Cup, based on his current form.
“For me, if you pick one spinner apart from (Ravindra) Jadeja, who will play as an all-rounder, my number one spinner at the moment is Varun Chakravarthy,” the former Indian wicketkeeper said during a discussion on ESPN. cricinfo.
“My only concern is his fitness. He has struggled with his fitness for the past six to eight months – knee, shoulder. I just hope he is fit enough and ready to go. But right now he is my first spinner who on that list,” he added.
India kicks off their 2021 T20 World Cup campaign with a Super-12 Group 2 match against arch-rival Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.
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