Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer strongly believes that the Rahul Dravid-coached Team India has missed a trick by not naming a proven match-winner in the Indian squad for the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup. While veteran all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal lead the spin department, India’s pace attack at the ICC T20 World Cup included senior pacers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Reflecting on India’s bowling performance in the ongoing first Test against Bangladesh, former Indian opener Jaffer heaped praise on spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who was overlooked by the selectors during the 2022 T20 World Cup. Spin wizard Kuldeep emerged as the pick of the bowlers on the second day of the first Test between India and hosts Bangladesh at the Zahoor Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
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He said, ‘It is very exciting to see Kuldeep Yadav bowling like this. I had said earlier also that he should have been a part of the T20 World Cup as well. It was unfortunate not to see him play. The way he bowled in the IPL, I was really surprised that he was not part of the team. He will play a major role in the upcoming series against Australia,” Jaffer told espncricinfo,
On the first day of the Test series in Chattogram, spinner Kuldeep bowled 10 overs and took 33 runs. The in-form spinner grabbed the crucial wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan and Taijul Islam as Bangladesh were reduced to 133-8 in 44 overs on Thursday. Excelling as a lower-order batsman in the same competition, Kuldeep scored a crucial 40 off 114 balls.
Kuldeep Yadav brings variety to India’s bowling attack. He had great control in the IPL while bowling with great heart against the top batsmen. This gave him a lot of confidence, as he had to sit on the bench in the last two seasons. He has had a lot more opportunities since coming to Delhi Capitals, and you can see that confidence coming back. He needs to be a part of the attack, especially in Indian conditions,” Jaffer said.
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