Virat Kohli has to bring back wrist spinners: Sourav Ganguly
NEW DELHI: It has been quite a while since we have seen Virat Kohli using the wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the shortest format. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Kohli should bring back the duo after finger spinners failed to mark an impression against South Africa.
"Other than the middle-order this is a good team but Virat needs to bring back the wrist spinners into this format. I hope Yuzvendra Chahal has only been rested to give opportunity to others or else he is a must for India in the T20 format. India doesn't need two left-arm spinners. The test series will start soon and hopefully India will play on good pitches and not rank turners, as it has been in the last series because India is very good team on any surface," Ganguly wrote in his column for Times of India.
After drawing the three-match Twenty20 International series 1-1, India are set to face South Africa in the three-match Test series, staring October 2.
"India last played against Australia at home in T20 games and now against South Africa and the results have not been a happy one for them but that can happen in sport. One has to give credit to South Africa for their fightback to level the series in the third T20," Ganguly said.
"The T20 World Cup is in Australia next year and it is quite natural that a lot of so called interested parties in cricket will jump up and down, passing their opinions and judgements about all that can happen. The key person amidst all this will be Virat Kohli and it will be important for him to stay calm for a long period of time," Ganguly added.
"He has a young batting unit under him and all of them will need a lot of support from the captain, at the top of the list will be Rishabh Pant. His 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. He is a match-winner and a longterm bet for India," the former India captain said.