After a disappointing outing at the 2022 Asia Cup, India got another reality check from Australia ahead of the upcoming T20 World Championship, which kicks off in less than a month. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli failed to impress with the bat, but a solid show from KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav helped the Men In Blue stack 208/6 in 20 overs after being invited to bat first by Aaron Finch in the series opener in Mohali on Tuesday night.
While there were no complaints from the batters, it was the bowlers who again failed to defend a high scoring total. Cameron Green led the chase, hitting a 30-ball 61, while Matthew Wade finished the show with an unbeaten 21-ball 45 as Australia chased the goal with four balls left.
Green made his intentions clear from the start when he shot Umesh Yadav four 4s in his first over. Yadav, who was a surprise addition to the squad for the Australia series, bounced back in his second stint, firing Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell in the same over. However, Yadav was not used further in the game and he finished the game 2/27 from two overs.
With the World Cup approaching and Yadav not part of the plans, the management’s reluctance to place Deepak Chahar’s in the playing XI comes as a surprise to many. Chahar had traveled with the team to the Asian Cup as a reserve and had a chance against Afghanistan, which India won by 101 runs. The pacer will also travel with the team to Australia for the T20 extravaganza.
When former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar was asked if Yadav was preferred over Chahar, the legendary cricketer had one of the most epic responses. Speak with Sports todaythe former India opener expressed concern over the management’s decision and urged reporters to ask for the same at the next press conference.
“I think it’s best to do to the team management what their idea was to take someone like Umesh Yadav, who isn’t even in the reserves and doesn’t play against Deepak Chahar.
“Deepak Chahar is also coming out of an injury. But you have to have the leg mile under your belt before you go to a big tournament like the World Cup. If you go a standby bowler as Deepak Chahar and suddenly someone gets injured in Australia, he’s going to don’t do it right because he wouldn’t get the rhythm.
“So that’s a question best put to team management at the next media conference, why they chose Umesh Yadav and not Deepak Chahar. Unless Chahar had a problem, which we don’t know about,” said Gavaskar.
The squad will meet on Friday in Nagpur, where Australia hopes to take an unassailable lead in the series. India, on the other hand, would try to settle the score.