IND vs ENG: Graeme Swann Believes Yuzvendra Chahal Should Be In The Test Squad

Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann, a former England off-spinner, believes Yuzvendra Chahal should be included in the Test squad.

Yuzvendra Chahal, a leg spinner, has done well as a limited-overs specialist. He has played in 60 ODIs and 61 T20Is, taking 104 and 75 wickets in total, but the wily leg-spinner has yet to receive his first Test call-up.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo: BCCI)

While there is no denying that Chahal’s recent form has been shaky, to say the least, the experienced spinner has a knack for getting crucial breakthroughs or controlling the run-flow. As a result, he has managed to stay in the picture and play in the starting XI, most of the time in the shorter formats.

Thus, when England toured India for four Tests in early 2021, Chahal somehow expected a maiden Test call-up, given Ravindra Jadeja’s injury and R Ashwin’s recent return to full fitness. Axar Patel, on the other hand, was called up and returned with 27 wickets in three Tests.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image: BCCI

Would you put Yuzvendra Chahal in the Indian Test team if you could play selector?

“I would sit with Yuzi and ask, ‘What is this?’ Do you want to represent India in red-ball cricket?’ If he does, I will immediately add him to the team. I believe he is world-class, and that he is the best spinner in the world.

“His control when bowling leg-spin in difficult conditions, particularly when the ball gets dew on him and wet, is incredible. In India, there is no more tough position to bowl in the evening.”

‘Yuzvendra Chahal is the best white-ball spinner’: Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann, a former England Off-spinner and unwavering Ashes hero Spoke with TOI before the India-England Test in Birmingham on everything.

So the best spinner is not taking part in the Test, What does this say about the selection of tests in general?

“Yuzi is the best white-ball spinner because we do not know if he can be the best red-ball spinner! However, it demonstrates how some cricketers have been pigeonholed into the white-ball format. In terms of the test’s relevance, I continue to believe it is quite healthy.”

Yuzvendra Chahal. Photo-BCCI
Yuzvendra Chahal. Photo-BCCI

“The passion for Tests is rekindling as teams become more aggressive. England is playing some exciting cricket. I hope Baz McCullum’s ethos pervades the Indian team and other teams around the world. It is a method of re-engaging the audience.”

Yuzvendra Chahal has played in 60 ODIs and 61 T20Is, taking 104 and 75 wickets in total.

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IND vs IRE: India’s Predicted Playing XI Against Ireland, 2nd T20I

India vs Ireland 2nd T20I

India goes head to head against Ireland in the second T20I in Dublin on Thursday, June 28. The visitors won the first T20I and are now looking to complete a whitewash against the Irish side. The Indian team will then take on England in a full-fledged series starting with the one-off Test in Edgbaston.

India won the first ODI comfortably by seven wickets with Deepak Hooda scoring an unbeaten 47 to take his side home. Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan also contributed. Umran Malik was given his maiden T20I cap but bowled only one over.

Indian Cricket Team
Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

The series is being seen as experimentation with players looking to make a case for their T20 World Cup selection in the Indian squad. The second T20I gives the management another opportunity to test its bench strength.

The likes of Arshdeep Singh and Rahul Tripathi are all waiting to make their debut for India and this game is a great opportunity to do so. In this article, we predict India’s playing XI for the second IND vs IRE T20I.

IND vs IRE: India’s Predicted Playing XI Against Ireland, 2nd T20I

Rahul Tripathi

Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)

Ruturaj Gaikwad injured his calf just before India’s chase which saw him miss out on the opportunity to bat. His injury makes a perfect case for Rahul Tripathi to be given his maiden T20I cap and allow him to open the batting.

Also Read: IND vs IRE: Hardik Pandya Not Permanent Captaincy Option, Says Sarandeep Singh; Needs To Prove His Fitness In ODIs

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IND vs IRE: It Was Difficult To Turn My Fingers Because Of The Cold: Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal

Against Ireland on Sunday, Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal once again demonstrated why he is undoubtedly one of the top spinners in the world right now.

The 31-year-old bowler recorded game-winning statistics of 1/11 in his three overs and took home the Man of the Match trophy for it.

The way Chahal changed his line and length after recognising he wouldn’t get much turn from the wicket in such frigid circumstances was wonderful to watch.

His spell most likely prevented Ireland from scoring more than 120 runs in the 12-over game.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image: BCCI

I Planned To Keep It Away From The Batters: Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal discussed how he had to change his plans after discovering what the batters were attempting to do against him in an interview with all-rounder Deepak Hooda on BCCI’s “Chahal TV.” He disclosed: “It felt really good. But because of the cold weather, it was difficult to turn my fingers. So planned to keep it away from the batter and mixed my lengths. They seemed to be waiting for me to toss one up so that they could hit big. But I thought that if we concede fewer runs then it will be easier for our batters.”

 

Chahal described how he adjusts his thinking to stay economical in foreign settings where spinners receive minimal to nearly no turn.

According to the 31-year-old, he tries to get turn out of the pitch, but if that isn’t possible, he looks to gain that control.

“It’s all about the change in mindset in such tough conditions. Obviously, I couldn’t use my main plan but I had a second plan to concede fewer runs and keep my length a bit back,” Chahal further added.

Chahal is only strengthening his case for why he should be India’s first-choice spinner for their future 2022 T20 World Cup campaign with each impressive performance.

Also Read: England Captain Eoin Morgan Likely To Announce His Retirement This Week – Reports

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