Former Indian batter Ajay Jadeja has said Yuzvendra Chahal can now ask Virat Kohli about his snub from the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Chahal is India’s highest wicket-taker in the T20Is but he was ignored by the national selectors in the team’s T20 World Cup squad.
Chahal was left out of the T20 World Cup squad as he wasn’t in the best of forms in the last couple of seasons. However, the leg-spinner has bounced back in style as he has bagged a total of 10 wickets in five matches of the second phase of IPL 2021. Overall, Chahal has scalped 14 wickets in 12 matches of the ongoing season at an average of 21.21 and an impressive economy rate of 7.34.
Thus, he has played a key role in the success of RCB and has helped them qualify for the playoff stages. On the other hand, the All India Selection Committee picked as many as five spinners in the 15-man T20 World Cup squad for the Indian team. The Chetan Sharma-led selection panel picked Rahul Chahar ahead of Chahal but the MI spinner isn’t in the best of forms. The selectors also surprised everyone with the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin.
Meanwhile, Chahal once again proved his mettle as he scalped three wickets against Punjab Kings at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday and helped his team in getting over the line by six runs.
“Chahal’s skills and mental sharpness come to the fore during high-pressure run-chases. He scripted a turnaround in just one over. After he dismissed Mayank Agarwal, he was mentally all over the rest of the batsmen. Perhaps, now he can ask captain Kohli about his snub from the T20 World Cup squad which he couldn’t have done before because his performance wasn’t great,” said Ajay Jadeja while talking to Cricbuzz Live.
Chahal has been at his magnificent best in the second leg of the IPL and his numbers read as 1/23 (2), 1/26 (4), 3/11 (4), 2/18 (4), 3/29 (4), which is 10 wickets in 5 matches.
The leg-spinner has proved his mettle and he has shown what the team could be missing in the T20I showpiece.