Why Yuzvendra Chahal didn’t get a single T20 game Globalism 2022 cup? The question pops up every time pundits analyze India’s failed campaign in the T20 World Cup 2022. Rohit Sharma’s boys suffered a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the second semi-final which saw them crash out of the stellar event. The unfortunate exit put the entire team management under the scanner, bringing Chahal’s absence from every match into focus again and again.
Of India’s 15-man squad, 13 players have featured in at least one match in the tournament. But Chahal and Harshal Patel were sitting around the whole time. Experts continued to stress the inclusion of a leg spinner, but the management preferred to have Ravichandran Ashwin in the line-up.
The team faced a real test in the semi-finals when England’s Adil Rashid picked up the wickets of Rohit and Virat Kohli. India’s attack-less Chahal was bullied by the duo of the likes of Joss Butler and Alex Hales who single-handedly won the match.
Dinesh Karthik, who has played four matches in the tournament, spoke at length about why Chahal was on the bench throughout the tournament.
In a chat with Cricbuzz, Karthik revealed that both Chahal and Harshal were told at the start of the World Cup that they would only get a chance if conditions were conducive for their presence.
“They didn’t cry once or get upset once because they were so sure. At the start of the tournament, they were told that under those circumstances we would play against you or else it could be tough. So, they were very perceptive and they were preparing in such a way that they would try and do their best when given a chance. , but there might be a chance they might end up not playing,” Karthik told Cricbuzz.
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“So, when that clarity is apparent from the coach and the captain, it makes the job easier for the player because you start to look inward and really think what do I do to start preparing better? That’s what they’ve been doing and if they had the chance they would have done their best. As mentioned, he played a lot of matches for India He knows what it feels like to fall.”
While the seniors returned home after the World Cup, Chahal headed to New Zealand along with other juniors for the bilateral series, featuring 3 T20Is and several ODIs.