‘He’s street-smart’: Shoaib Akhtar names India player who should never be dropped – cricket

Former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar heaped reward on India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, saying that he should never be refrained from India’s enjoying XI. Chahal, who was the lone brilliant spot in India’s bowling unit within the three-match ODI sequence which New Zealand gained 3-0, picked up 6 wickets in 2 ODIs.

“(Ravindra) Jadeja contains, he gets wickets occasionally, Kuldeep (Yadav) didn’t perform well but (Yuzvendra) Chahal was good. He should never be benched. Chahal has some tricks which can confuse the batsmen. He is a complete leg-spinner. He dominates the batsmen, he is street smart,” stated Shoaib Akhtar in his Youtube channel.


Chahal performed all 5 T20Is towards New Zealand which India gained however was surprisingly benched within the first ODI as India determined to go in with Kuldeep Yadav. The choice backfired as Kuldeep went for 84 runs in his 10 overs within the first ODI as India didn’t defend 347.

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Chahal was introduced again for the final two matches and he picked up Three wickets apiece – 3/58 in 2nd ODI and three/47 within the third ODI – in each the ODIs and was by far India’s greatest bowler.

Shoaib Akhtar, expressed issues over the shape Chahal’s spin-bowling associate Kuldeep.

“Kuldeep to me looks be a bit subdued, he is not playing freely. He was never really in the game, that’s a worrying factor for India. Apart from Chahal, nobody looked like picking wickets in the middle over,” Akhtar added.

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Despite Chahal and Kuldeep being a profitable mixture in restricted overs cricket, India have of late refrained enjoying each the leggies in the identical enjoying XI since World Cup 2019. The duo have performed 34 ODI collectively and scalped 65 wickets at a mean of 22.73.

Even in T20Is, they maintain a superb document and have scalped 22 wickets in 10 matches. However, Kuldeep and Chahal haven’t featured collectively in an India XI within the shortest format since July 2018.

India will subsequent on New Zealand in a two-match Test sequence ranging from February 21.

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