New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday announced Team India for the upcoming T20 World Cup. For the World Cup, many young and veteran players have been given a chance in the team, but all the fans are surprised by one thing that instead of a veteran spinner like Yuzvendra Chahal, a young spinner like Rahul Chahar was given. But Rahul Chahar has also performed strongly for India in the past.
This spinner cut Kuldeep-Chahal’s leaf
It is not a long time since spinner Rahul Chahar made his international debut for India but he gained the trust of the team management and selectors in a short span of time and won the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in UAE and Oman in October-November this year. Made a place in the Indian team announced for The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday night announced an 18-man squad for the T20 World Cup, in which Rahul was also named. He was taken in the team in place of experienced spin bowler Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
Selectors trust Rahul
Rahul’s inclusion in the team shows how much the selectors have faith in him. Rahul made his T20 debut against West Indies on 6 August 2019 and was also involved in the T20 series against Sri Lanka in July this year. Rahul has played only five T20Is for India so far in which he has taken seven wickets at an average of 19.57 and an economy rate of 7.61. Rahul may not have that much experience of playing T20s at the international level but he has played 38 matches in the IPL and has taken 41 wickets at an average of 24.41.
Good performance against Sri Lanka too
Apart from T20, Rahul has also played one ODI match for India. He made his debut in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka this year and took three wickets in his very first match. Rahul is currently in Abu Dhabi with Mumbai Indians which is preparing for the second phase of IPL 2021. The news of Rahul joining the T20 World Cup team came during that time itself. Rahul was very happy with this news. He said that he is very excited about it and is also a little emotional.
Rahul would like to prove himself
Rahul will have an important chance to prove himself in the T20 World Cup and cement his place in Team India. Rahul would like to take full advantage of this opportunity. Apart from Rahul, the team has also picked up experienced off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Chakraborty. It will be interesting to see which of these players gets a chance for playing 11 in the team management.