Former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori was not happy to see Yuzvendra Chahal’s exclusion from the first T20I between India and New Zealand. Despite, his impressive display in the Indian Premier League, Chahal was not considered for the first match.
Chahal was not a part of the ICC T20 World Cup squad, a decision that didn’t go down well with experts and fans. Vettori believes Chahal should have been treated like Venkatesh Iyer, who was rewarded for his performance in IPL.
“Venkatesh Iyer, who is being rewarded for his form in the IPL. It’s sad to see Chahal not being given the same opportunity. We all know what Ashwin can do, is he going to be in the starting XI for the World Cup next year, who knows? But Chahal was bowling exceptionally well and was a wicket-taking option for Kohli throughout the IPL. He is one of the best T20 leggies in the world.”
“At the time, the decision was probably right to leave him out of the World Cup squad but then the Chahal that we saw in the IPL, was the Chahal we all know. Chahal bowled quicker in the IPL, trying to spin more, and attacked the stumps more often. So, I thought he deserved the opportunity to come back into the starting XI tonight after being left out earlier.”