‘Unfair, too harsh’ – Twitter reacts as India exclude Yuzvendra Chahal against New Zealand in opening T20I
Chahal, who missed out from being named in India's T20 World Cup squad, was expected to come back against New Zealand.
Updated - Nov 17, 2021 7:45 pm
The absence of Yuzvendra Chahal from India’s playing XI against New Zealand in the first T20I made plenty of buzz in the cricketing strata on November 17. After having missed out on securing a spot in the 2021 T20 World Cup, where India exited as early as the group stage, Chahal was included in the 15-member squad for the three-T20I home series.
However, he was reduced to watching the proceedings in Jaipur from the dugout as India went ahead with spinners Axar Patel and R Ashwin, who made his comeback in the limited-overs setup after 2017 at the T20 World Cup.
Chahal’s indifferent form in the months leading to the T20 World Cup was understood to be the reason behind his axing, although he made a quick turnaround during the second leg of the Indian Premier League when he consistently bagged wickets while nagging the flow of runs: he picked only four wickets in seven IPL games of the Indian leg, but was at his wily best in UAE, claiming 14 wickets in as many games.
That shift of form, however, was not enough to convince the selectors, who opted for the fastish leg-spin of Rahul Chahar. “You want a spinner who can deliver with more speed,” chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma had said while answering a question regarding Chahal’s exclusion. “Recently we have seen Rahul Chahar bowling with speed. Our view was we need a spinner who can find the grip off the surface at a quicker speed and while we had a lot of discussion on Chahal, we eventually went with Rahul Chahar.”
Chahar, however, played one fixture all told in the main draw, that too being the inconsequential affair – India’s group-stage exit was cast in stone by then – against Namibia, which at best would be remembered only for it marked the end of the Kohli-Shastri era. Including India’s practice matches, the leg-spinner played three games, with combined figures of 2/90, including the wicketless spell against Namibia. In hindsight, the preference of Chahar over Chahal makes little to no sense.
And if one thought Chahal would get back into the fray with the home series against New Zealand, it was not to be. At least not in Jaipur.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Shreyas iyer and bhuvi in
No chahal pic.twitter.com/64PHTR0N8O
— Gladiator (@johnsmithMA) November 17, 2021
Sometimes t20 format is too harsh for somebody like @yuzi_chahal to net get picked in playing 11 just because of Team needs better Balance.
Need to find some way to give chance to our better bowler.
Same scenario with @ashwinravi99 in Test Cricket when playing in SENA countries.
— Vaibhav Mishra (@mishra_vaibhavv) November 17, 2021
Better Leave Captaincy @ImRo45 🤡
— ♡ (@HariMarv) November 17, 2021
Chahal was best spinner in uae leg of ipl , he deserves to play
— Vishal (@Fanpointofviews) November 17, 2021
First innings mai dew 😂.
Ese to chahal pure winter India mai nahi khel skta. Bechare ko seasonal bowler bana dia
— PRASHant Baghel (@Prash023) November 17, 2021
Why ash is must ? Chahal is much better t20i baller than ash & axar .
— Rishabh Fan Account (@RishabPantFan) November 17, 2021
— Bart reddy (@RahulRe51486413) November 17, 2021
Dropped chahal mumbai loby regime begins under vadapav….. Ab toh politics hu politics hoga
— only king👑 (@sarkar_upendra) November 17, 2021
— Virat (@Virat0000018) November 17, 2021
No Chahal? WTFFFFFFFFFFF
We though rahul dravid will bring some new era. what the hell is this.. chahal is our best spinner
— cn (@charan96161963) November 17, 2021
Vo to chodo Deepak chahar ashwin and shreyas playing over chahal avesh and kishan😭😭
Mene suna tha new era shuru hona hai😭
— @v (@firebal_india) November 17, 2021
— Manoj Verma (@ManojVerma420) November 17, 2021
WOW NOT IT IS NOT INDIAN TEAM IT IS INDIAN POLITCAL PARTY , BRO CHAHAL IS ROHITS FRIEND ALSO
— FEZ GAMERZ (@FezGamerz) November 17, 2021
You Must Feel For This Guy…@yuzi_chahal
— Kamal (K🌟) ❤️🌠⭐♠️ (@Bollywoodventu) November 17, 2021