Cricket News: The ODI and T20I teams for the forthcoming limited-overs series against the West Indies were revealed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday. While Rohit Sharma’s comeback bolstered the batting line-up, the bowling attack saw a lot of changes, with Ravi Bishnoi earning his first call-up and the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar returning.
While Yuzvendra Chahal retains his spot in both squads, former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel believes the leg-spinner would be “under pressure” following a lacklustre performance in the one-day internationals against South Africa. Chahal just took two wickets in three games, at a poor average of 73.50.
Chahal is anticipated to take wickets in the middle overs, according to Patel, because it is his key role in the team.
“You expect Chahal to take wickets in the middle overs but he wasn’t as successful. As a captain, I would expect this from Chahal because he’s playing for so many years. These are wickets where there is spin and bounce (talking about the ODI series in South Africa),” the former Indian wicketkeeper said on Cricbuzz.
“Chahal will be under pressure. If he doesn’t take wickets, there are players like Rahul Chahar who was picked ahead of him in the T20 World Cup, and Ravi Bishnoi as well, who has been producing consistent performances. I believe both, India and Chahal will have to think about this because his main role in the team is to take wickets in the middle overs. If he doesn’t even bowl 10 overs on a wicket that assists spin (Cape Town ODI), it shows that he didn’t meet the expectations.”
On February 6, India will play the first of three one-day internationals against the West Indies. All fifty-over matches will be played in Ahmedabad, however both teams will travel to Kolkata for three Twenty20 Internationals.
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