January 19, 2022

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Chahal and Kuldeep to play together in ODIs, Will Hardik Pandya bowl ? What will be team India’s bowling attack ?

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Team India is all set to play couple of white ball series on the soil of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka will host team India for three match T20I series followed by three match ODI series. First ODI of this series will be played on 18th July after some covid-19 scares in Sri Lankan camp.

Major team India’s players likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah are currently in England, preparing for five match test series against England which is starting on 4th of August. While Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) announced their second string team for this white ball tour. Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzi Chahal have included in this squad.

Team India’s squad for Sri Lanka tour

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

Management and chief selectors of BCCI named as many 8 bowlers and 2 all rounders for 6 white ball games in Sri Lanka. After the strong impression by left arm pacer Chetan Sakariya, BCCI selected him also. Four proper spinners Yuzi Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul have included in this squad. Swing ans fast bowlers Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are mostly likely to get chance in Indias Playing XI.

If Hardik Pandya regains his full fitness, he also bowl some overs. Hardik Pandya’s bowling fitness is very important and main factor to play Yuzi Chahal and Kuldeep together. Yuzi Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav haven’t played together since England v India 2019.

As per Aakash Chopra’s opinion picking six spinners will be a huge headache for team management and head coach Rahul Dravid. BCCI have picked only four fast bowlers.

“In ODIs, you will definitely to play Yuzi Chahal. So maximum you will be able to play one more spinner. I would say to play Kuldeep because you will not play him in the T20Is in any case. But then what will you do with Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar and why have you selected Krishnappa Gowtham” Aakash Chopra added in his video.