Sourav Ganguly urges Virat Kohli to bring back wristspinners to T20Is; feels skipper's guidance will help Pant
On the back of impressive performances in limited-overs cricket over the last two years, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal grew into a force to reckon within the two formats, helping India win crucial matches even on the overseas platform. But since the end of World Cup 2019, the famed KulCha combination has not been picked in any of the series that India participated in. On Thursday, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly urged present skipper Virat Kohli to bring back the two wrist-spinners in the T20I format.
Earlier, ahead of the start of the three-game T20I series against South Africa, Kohli revealed the reason behind dropping the spin twins. With India looking at batting depth till No.9, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Washington Sundar were given chances in the West Indies and the South Africa series.
"That was one of the reasons, (and) also to give opportunities to the guys who have done well in the domestic format and the T20 format, in the IPL also," Kohli had said when asked about the absence of KulCha in the T20I squad for South Africa series at home which had ended in a 1-1 draw.
On Thursday, Ganguly wrote in his column for Times of India saying, "Virat needs to bring back the wrist spinners into this format. I hope Yuzvendra Chahal has only been rested to give the opportunity to others or else he is a must for India in the T20 format. India doesn’t need two left-arm spinners."
Ganguly also talked about Rishabh Pant's slump in form in limited-overs cricket. While hailing the 21-year-old as a match-winner, the former Indian cricketer is of the opinion that "Virat’s guidance will see him through and that ultimately matters."
"His (Pant's) entry into international cricket has been brilliant and for me, he is India’s solution for all the formats. There has been talk about Pant’s shot selection and rightly so but all must understand, he will learn and only get better," wrote Ganguly.
Talking about Pant, it has been learnt that Wriddhiman Saha will start the Test series against South Africa starting October 2.