Was­san says Kuldeep and Cha­hal should play in 2019 WC

Mail Today - - CRICKET/BADMINTON - By Chetan Sharma in New Delhi

For­mer pacer also sug­gests Kohli to ‘calm down’ Peo­ple might say diplo­mat­i­cally they (Ash­win and Jadeja) have a chance, but on se­ri­ous note, I don’t see any chance un­less one of Kuldeep or Cha­hal gets in­jured. — ATUL WAS­SAN, for­mer India pacer

GIVEN the con­sis­tency with which Yuzven­dra Cha­hal and Kuldeep Yadav have been per­form­ing, it seems re­ally dif­fi­cult for Ravichan­dran Ash­win and Ravin­dra Jadeja to get back into the In­dian XI in ODIs. These are words of for­mer India pacer Atul Was­san.

For a coun­try in­fat­u­ated with bat­ting, the per­for­mance of two young, bold wrist spin­ners must be a rev­e­la­tion. India’s bowl­ing, iron­i­cally, was spear­headed not by their tal­ented pac­ers but by two new­com­ers, who have re­paid Vi­rat Kohli’s faith by snar­ing 30 wick­ets be­tween them from a mere five matches. Kuldeep is the lead­ing wicket-taker in the se­ries with 16 wick­ets while Cha­hal is a close sec­ond with 14.

This has led to se­ri­ous doubt over the fu­ture of two se­nior spin­ners – Ash­win and Jadeja. If India’s bowl­ing coach Bharat Arun is to be be­lieved, the duo is still in the race for 2019 World Cup. Was­san, how­ever, thinks oth­er­wise.

“Peo­ple might say diplo­mat­i­cally they (Ash­win and Jadeja) have a chance, but on se­ri­ous note I don’t see any chance un­less one of Kuldeep or Cha­hal gets in­jured,” Was­san told MAIL TO­DAY on the side­lines of the launch of Su­dama Pre­mier League on Wed­nes­day.

Was­san, who is also the chair­man of se­lec­tors at the Delhi and District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (DDCA), fur­ther said that the team man­age­ment should let the duo play around 50 matches in dif­fer­ent con­di­tions be­fore the World Cup.

“The credit should go to the team man­age­ment and Vi­rat for back­ing India’s core strength – spin bowl­ing in alien con­di­tions. And here we have two wrist spin­ners who have de­liv­ered pretty well,” he said.

“I think the man­age­ment should now let these two (Kuldeep & Cha­hal) play 50-60 games in dif­fer­ent con­di­tions be­fore tak­ing them to the World Cup. They must be hav­ing a big heart now af­ter mak­ing South African bat­sn­men dance to their tunes in South Africa. They aren’t afraid to flight the ball de­spite be­ing belted for runs in the fourth game,” he added.

Asked if India could have in­cluded ei­ther of the duo in the Test se­ries, Was­san said: “In hind­sight, they could have in­cluded one of the mys­tery spin­ners. One year back, no one must have thought Ash­win and Jadeja would have to fight for their place but that’s a healthy com­pe­ti­tion to have,” he added.

The for­mer In­dian crick­eter also con­grat­u­lated the In­dian team for cre­at­ing his­tory in South Africa, win­ning ODI se­ries. “I salute to the team se­lec­tion and Vi­rat for their achieve­ment. There was a mind­set in our time that go and win one match and that will be enough but this team has changed the mind­set. Now peo­ple be­lieve that India can go in other coun­tries and win the se­ries. At the same time I want to sug­gest Kohli that some­times he be­comes so ag­gres­sive and an­i­mated on the field. He should con­trol it as the other team mem­bers who ac­tu­ally are not as ag­gres­sive fake it to im­press the cap­tain, which is not good,” he added.

Was­san was here to in­au­gu­rate the Su­dama Pre­mier League which kicked off with an ex­hi­bi­tion match be­tween the or­gan­is­ers and the Delhi Sports Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (DSJA).

The tour­na­ment, com­pris­ing of 16 teams, aims at en­cour­ag­ing tal­ent from fi­nan­cially back­ward classes by a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Prasar, (Peo­ple’s Right and So­cial Re­search Cen­tre). The pro­mot­ers have taken the novel way of sourc­ing play­ers from the BPL and EWS cat­e­gories for the cricket tour­na­ment by hold­ing se­lec­tion tri­als.

R Ash­win (right) and Ravin­dra Jadeja haven’t played lim­ite­dovers cricket for India for the past eight months.

Yuzven­dra Cha­hal (right) and Kuldeep Yadav have shared 30 wick­ets so far in the on­go­ing India-South Africa ODI se­ries.

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