‘Chahal has ordered 3D glasses’ – Yuzvendra Chahal’s omission from India’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad leaves Twitterati bewildered
Yuzvendra Chahal is India's highest wicket-taker in T20Is with 63 scalps.
Updated - Sep 9, 2021 12:10 am
All the hullabaloo over who should be India’s ideal squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 has been laid to rest as the Board of Control for Cricket in India have finally made the much-awaited announcement. On Wednesday night (September 8), the cricket body announced the 15-man squad which will feature in the gala T20 tournament in UAE and Oman. While there were some surprise selections, some big names missed out.
The omission of Yuzvendra Chahal was unarguably the biggest shock as the leg-spinner has been a vital cog of India’s T20I for a while. In fact, the veteran bowler is the nation’s highest wicket-taker in the shortest international format, having scalped 63 wickets in 49 games. With the leggie being a proven star of this version, many didn’t expect Chahal to face the axe. Hence, Twitter got flooded in no time with the cricket world expressing shock.
Yuzvendra Chahal is not among India’s four spin options
Notably, the tracks in UAE and Oman are known to favour the spinners. Chahal has also done well in those conditions. However, BCCI didn’t consider him and instead went with the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, and Rahul Chahar. Notably, Ashwin and Patel haven’t played a lot of T20Is in the last few years.
On the other hand, Chakravarthy and Chahar are new to the international circuit. Hence, many believed the Haryana-born bowler would lead India’s spin attack in the gala T20 tournament. Contrary to the expectations, however, he didn’t even get a chance in the final 15. Moreover, he wasn’t picked among the stand-by players as well.
Although the leg-spinner’s exclusion is a shocker, Chahal’s recent form might have prompted BCCI to take this major step. The 31-year-old hasn’t been in his prime in the last year or so. While he didn’t take regular wickets in the middle overs, his inability to control the run flow also hurt the Men in Blue at times. However, it seemed like Chahal has redeemed himself during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in July.
The leg-spinner bowled with precision and took five wickets in two ODIs. He also bowled a brilliant spell in a T20I game as well. However, his efforts weren’t enough to get a place in India’s T20 World Cup. Notably, the gala tournament gets underway on October 17.
Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterati reacted to Yuzvendra Chahal’s exclusion:
Yuzvendra Chahal misses out on T20 World Cup
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) September 8, 2021
Yuzvendra Chahal in T20Is:
Till Oct, 2019:
Mat- 31, Wkts – 46, Ave – 21.13, SR – 15.8, Eco. – 8.00
Since Nov, 2019:
Mat – 18, Wkts – 17, Ave – 36.58, SR – 24.7, Eco. – 8.88#T20WorldCupsquad
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) September 8, 2021
Yuzvendra Chahal was the highest wicket taker among spinners in IPL 2020 at UAE. He was the reason why we won T20i series against AUS last year. Not fair 🙁
— Pari (@BluntIndianGal) September 8, 2021
— Mr_Snowy_07 (@07Snowy) September 8, 2021
Yuzvendra Chahal right now pic.twitter.com/yY0lByl4DW
— Evleen Singh (@evleeen13) September 8, 2021
Biggest news is that Ashwin is recalled to the #T20WorldCup team. No other spinner turns the ball away from left handers. No Chahal means a big vote of confidence in Rahul Chahar. Bit hard on Shreyas Iyer
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 8, 2021
R Ashwin is back in limited overs cricket after a 4-year hiatus. Surprised not to see Chahal in the team @BCCI
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) September 8, 2021
5 saal Kuldeep aur Chahal khele and at the end none of them are playing in main tournament.
— . (@spidernoir99) September 8, 2021
Way back in 2017 , Ashwin and Jadeja were dropped from the limited overs setup after the Champions trophy loss and the rise of Kuldeep and Chahal . 4 years later both have made their way back in the T20 worldcup squad and Kuldeep and Chahal are dropped. Circle of life. pic.twitter.com/S71FspcGNc
— ` (@FourOverthrows) September 8, 2021
Chahal has taken break from cricket to focus on Reels.
— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) September 8, 2021
No chahal in world t20 2021 squad
Kohli to chahal pic.twitter.com/Vl4xxqhwWz
— Sumit pandey 🇮🇳 🚩 (@_kohlitastic_) September 8, 2021
Yuzi chahal as water boy. pic.twitter.com/5PvQu7o1Uz
— Div (@div_yumm) September 8, 2021
JUST IN: Chahal has ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch Axar in the WT20.
— Manya (@CSKian716) September 8, 2021