Virat needs to bring back Chahal and Kuldeep in Test squad: Sourav Ganguly

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-09-28 22:34:00

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New Delhi: Former Indian Cricket captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly addresses during the 5th Progressive Teacher Conclave at India Habitat Center in New Delhi on Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has recently stated that although India remain a formidable unit in limited-overs cricket, Virat Kohli would need to bring back the wrist spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav back into the team to cover all bases in Test Cricket.

While both players had been heroes of the team on numerous occasions in the build-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, both of their names are missing from the Indian squad that faced West Indies and the one which is about to compete against South Africa. The decision hints that the team management is in fact looking to add more depth to their batting order.

“This is a good team but Virat needs to bring back the wrist spinners into this format,” Ganguly wrote in his column for Times of India.

“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,” he added.

“The T20 World Cup is in Australia next year and opinions and judgments will be passed. 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,” the former Indian captain said.

The re-elected President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) went on to add that India might not require the services of two left-arm spinners in Indian conditions.

“India doesn’t need two left-arm spinners [Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya]. 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 a very good team on any surface,” said Ganguly.

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