Before the Indian series for limited overs against Sri Lanka, the former India pacemaker Ajit Agarkar said spin bowling has become a worrying topic for India, especially in cricket with limited overs, given Kuldeep Yadav’s loss of confidence and the form of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, popularly known as ‘Kul-Cha’, were drafted into the India white ball team after disappointing performances by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja over a period that culminated in the ICC 2017 Champions Trophy, where India in lost the final with Pakistan.
The duo were the boss in the white ball match until the ICC World Cup 2019, which was the last time the two played a one-day match. Since then, Kuldeep has lost its confidence and its place in the team, while Chahal is still preferred by the team management, but has the competition of people like Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy.
Both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal know that there are guys behind them: Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar feels that spinner Kuldeep Yadav needs to regain his form and regain confidence if he wants to secure a place in the T20 World Cup. Kuldeep last played for a T20I match for India in January 2020.
‘Sometimes I feel that it was a little unfair for him (Kuldeep) to miss series. But he needs to regain his confidence and start bowling well. “Both he and Chahal know there are guys behind them and if you have a competition, the team will do well.” said Agarkar at a virtual press conference.
Sri Lanka and India will close horns in three one-day matches and as many T20Is from July 18 after the series was rescheduled last week. The three one-day matches will be played on 18, 20 and 23 July. The three T20Is will be presented on 25, 27 and 29 July. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is hosting all six matches.
‘Spin was a bit worried for India, especially after Chahal and Kuldeep stopped playing together, but there are players like Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakraborty. If the guys can do well, Virat Kohli will give more options. T20’s World Cup is not too far away, and it’s a great opportunity for the guys to put pressure on players who’s already in the squad to make their case. These performances will not go unnoticed,he added.
Both Kuldeep and Chahal have the chance to prove their form and value in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, which is India’s last before the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. They will also have the second half of the IPL 2021, which will also be played before the T20 World Cup in the UAE to impress the selectors.