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‘Only Rohit, Dravid can explain India’s big mistake at T20 World Cup’ | Cricket

India take on New Zealand in what will be their first series since their exit in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022. It gives India a chance to pick up the pieces after the spectacular 10-wicket loss to England that ended their World Cup campaign.

Among the many problems former cricketers have pointed out since that game, a common thread seems to be the absence of spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. The 32-year-old was in the squad and was one of the first on the team form to start the tournament, but in Australia he eventually had to sit out all matches, with India favoring Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel in the playing eleven.

Former India batsman Mohammed Kaif has said not playing Chahal was a mistake, especially considering the tournament was played in Australia and only captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid can explain why they did so.

“Leg spinners play a vital role and every team plays a leg spinner – be it England, Australia or South Africa. Look at the ICC bowling rankings and you’ll see four to five leg spinners make up the top 10. Finger spinners don’t get much help in Australia. There’s bounce; hence the wrist spinners come into play. Not playing Chahal was a big mistake. Only Rohit and Dravid can explain it,” Kaif said on Sportskeeda.

India achieved a score of 168/6 at bat first. However, England openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales made a mockery of the target. They chased the unbeaten run with four overs to spare, reaching the final and eventually winning the title themselves. Kaif went on to say that selectors seem to be influenced by appearances in the IPL, pointing out how Varun Chakravarthy was selected for the 2021 IPL ahead of Chahal. India was itself knocked out in the Super 12 stage at the time.

“Varun Chakravarthy was picked for the last World Cup because he performed well in the pre-tournament IPL. The selectors are so affected by IPL performance that they eventually fail. Chahal didn’t play last year and again this year he was on the bench for the entire tournament,” he said.

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