New Delhi. The day before, when the 15-member Team India was announced for the 2021 T20 World Cup, the name of leg-spinner Yuzbendra Chahal was not included. Everyone was surprised. Because Chahal is the highest wicket taker for India in T20 Internationals. In his place, Mumbai Indians bowler Rahul Chahar has been selected in the squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup. After all, Chahar has a quality that selectors bet on him instead of an experienced bowler like Chahal. After the announcement of the Indian team, chief selector Chetan Sharma gave the reason.
Sharma said selectors considered Rahul Chahar as a good alternative as the team’s main leg-spinner. “We needed a leg spinner who could throw the ball at high speeds,” he said. Recently we have seen Chahar bowling at a good pace. We thought we needed a spinner who could catch better off the pitch at a faster pace. We thought a lot about the names of Chahal and Rahul and finally there was a lack of sensation among everyone about Rahul.
Chahal and Chahar get a chance to play in the Sri Lanka tour
Rahul Chahar and Yuzbendra Chahal both visited Sri Lanka last month. During this tour, ODIs and as many T20 series were played between the two countries. Chahal appeared in 2 of the ODI series matches. He took 5 wickets while bowling well.
Chahal also took 1 wicket in the first T20. But, after that, due to Corona being positive, he could not get down in the remaining 2 matches. On the other hand, Chahar got a chance to play 2 T20s and 1 ODI in this tour. 4 wickets in 2 T20s, 3 wickets in ODIs only. It was also his debut ODI.
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Chahal’s performance faded in 2 years
If we talk about experience, Chahal’s upper hand will be heavy. But in the last few years, Chahal’s performance in T20 has not been good. Due to this, he did not get a chance in the team of T20 World Cup. Chahal made his T20 debut in June 2016. His performance for the next year was excellent. He took 46 wickets in 31 matches at an average of 21.13. During this time he also took 5 wickets once. However, in the last 2 years, his bowling has not shown the old edge. Evidence of this is his statistics.
Chahal has taken only 1 wicket in 1 T20 since September 2011. His average during this period is 36.58, which is much lower than his career average of 25.30. This is why the selectors kept him out of the T20 World Cup squad despite his experience.
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Chahal’s strike rate in T20 is better than Chahal’s
Speaking of the overall T20 career of 311-year-old Chahal, he is 2.6 in 207 matches. He has taken an average of 227 wickets. His strike rate was 19.40. In other words, he has taken one wicket every 19th over in T20. On the other hand, Rahul Chahar has taken 82 wickets in 66 T20s. His average is 21.36, which is better than Chahal. At the same time, Chahar is ahead in terms of strike rate. He has taken one wicket every 17th over in T20.
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