VVS Laxman differs views from Bangar, says management should invest in Washington Sundar
Once referred as the triumph card of Indian bowling line-up, India’s first Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, mysteriously disappeared from the Indian squads after the ODI World Cup in England earlier this year. Kuldeep was sidelined as the selection panel wanted to give more opportunities and experiment with fringe players like Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem for series’ against Bangladesh and South Africa at home.
Kuldeep was dropped from the Indian mix of things following a series of below the par performances. Kuldeep had a forgettable season in Indian Premier League (IPL) this year while playing from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) where he only managed to bag four wickets in nine games that he played during the season. He averaged an awful 71.50 for a player of his stature and conceded runs at an economy of 8.66 and more like the World Cup; he was dropped from the side midway through the season.
Kuldeep makes a comeback to Indian set-up for West Indies series:
Announcement of India’s squad for limited-overs’ series against West Indies saw Kuldeep Yadav making his way back into the side for the T20I series that begins on December 6 this year. Kuldeep if makes it to the playing eleven during the series, is most like to unite with his favorite bowling partner Yuzvendra Chahal. The spin duo is fond as ‘Kul-Cha’ by fans.
Back in the mix of things, Kuldeep would want to make an immediate impact in the international arena once again and would like to stake a claim with authority for his spot in the playing XI of the Indian team.
Bangar believes Kuldeep can still be triumph card for India in World T20:
India’s former batting coach Sanjay Bangar, however, feels that the upcoming season of IPL will play a key role for Kuldeep Yadav as far as he cements his place in the side is concerned.
“I am a huge fan of Kuldeep Yadav. And when you look at him in terms of strike rates, he is the fastest bowler to 100 wickets, and even in the T20 format, he is an impact player. If you recall the match that we won in England, he scalped five wickets at a crucial time when England was running away with the game. He has had a couple of poor games in IPL, but I will not count him out. If he does really well in the next IPL season it will be very hard to keep him out” Bangar said.
The 24-year old bowler from Uttar Pradesh, Kuldeep has played 53 and 18 T20Is respectively for India. He has picked 96 and 35 wickets in the two formats apart from 24 wickets in six Test matches that he has played.
Kuldeep boasts an exceptional economy rate in ODI where he concedes runs at 4.96 runs per over. In T20Is he has an economy of 6.73 but picks wickets at an average of outstanding 12.97.
Bangar backs Jadeja over Krunal Pandya for all-rounder’s position:
Bangar also added that Ravindra Jadeja edges out Krunal Pandya for the all-rounder’s slot of the limiter over’s team. He cited that Ravindra Jadeja has been able to evolve himself as a bowler and his ability to finish his quota of four overs in T20 makes him a better contender for all-rounder’s place in the team over Krunal Pandya.
“You require a wrist spinner in the T20 format, it has been a very major component in India’s success wherein 2 wrist spinners played a massive role in most of the one day’s and T20 series the team has had across conditions hence you will need a bowler who is capable of bowling the complete 4 overs and also bat at No. 7,” said Bangar.
“Hence, I feel Ravindra Jadeja edges over Krunal Pandya here as Krunal hasn’t been able to deliver the complete four overs at times and Jadeja has been in great form recently,” he asserted.
Ravindra Jadeja also made his comeback to the limited-overs’ side like Kuldeep Yadav after a string of below-average performance by Krunal Pandya during the recent Bangladesh series. Krunal was subsequently dropped from India’s squad against West Indies.
A sharp and quality bowler, Ravindra Jadeja is a handy batsman and brings with him the tag of having one of the finest fielders of world cricket on the field.
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VVS Laxman bats for Washington Sundar over Kuldeep Yadav for World T20 in Australian conditions:
Another Indian batting great VVS Laxman, however, added that he would back Washington Sundar to be part of the Indian team at the World T20 in Australia next year over Kuldeep Yadav. Laxman cited that Washington Sundar’s ability to bowl in power play as an advantage. He also pointed out Sundar’s ability to extract more bounce on the Australian wickets because of the way he releases the ball.
“I would invest in Washington Sundar. With Sundar, the advantage is that he can bowl in the Powerplay and the tough overs. We have seen that, and he can extract more bounce on the Australian wickets because the way he releases the ball, he can use the crease and in Australia, it is not necessary you look to turn the ball, but you can vary the pace and extract the bounce and deceive the batsman” Laxman said.
“So, I would think it would be tough for Kuldeep currently, but you never know what happens just before the World Cup,” he added.
Indian team management has been trying a few tricks by experimenting with the spin bowling combination over the last few months. With Jadeja and Kuldeep back into the squad and Chahal being a vital cog in the spin department, the team management in most likelihood continues with these bowlers. Washington Sundar has fared well in the limited opportunities he has been awarded, and he is expected to be in the mix for World T20 that is scheduled to be held in Australia next year. Rahul Chahar is also expected to be in the selector’s radar till the mega event.