The ‘KulCha’ of Indian cricket, in all likelihood, will not be the preferred combination of this season of cricket. Virat Kohli’s opinion on Rahul Chahar and Washington Sundar clearly hinted about his intention of playing the duo for the time being.
What Chopra says
Ahead of the opening T20 in Dharamsala, captain Virat Kohli said that the team wants to post 200 plus totals consistently and hence Chahar and Washington Sundar are the preferred options. Experts have mixed view on the same. Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra said, “It looks India is wanting to take the same aggressive approach in T20s and there is nothing wrong in that. Now, they need to start showing the intent of scoring 220 consistently.”
He further added that Chahal has a possibility of making T20 come back soon. Chahal, at the moment, is only part of the ODI team while Kuldeep is part of both the 50-over and Test squads. “Chahal will be back. Rahul Chahar is more or a bowler and Washington Sundar’s batting at number 8 may not be needed anyway,” Chopra explained.
What Joshi says
Former India spinner Sunil Joshi believes that KulCha should start from the basic again. They should go back to domestic cricket to utilize such breaks from international cricket. He also added, “Finger spinner or wrist spinner is not the question here. It is about having the tactics to outclass the batsman besides technique and temperament.” He also thinks focusing on only one format would not be beneficial for these two. “Let’s see how the young spinners do and ample opportunities should be given to them but at the same time if Chahal and Kuldeep are playing only one format it could disturb their rhythm. White ball cricket is all about rhythm.
The T20 World Cup will be played in Australia next year. Joshi believes, “Overspin will come in handy. All the spinners who are in the hunt should be told about their roles clearly else it might cause confusion in their minds.”
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