The Indian Cricket Team selection committee announced the squad for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, starting from 17th September 2021. In what came as a big surprise, Rahul Chahar was omitted from India’s squad for the upcoming tournament. Chahar was part of India’s squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
He got to play a single game in the dead rubber against Namibia where he gave 30 runs for no wicket. Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar felt bad for Rahul Chahar and hopes that the selectors will explain to the 22-year-old spinner the reason behind his exclusion.
“I am pretty certain that Rahul Chahar would be wondering what he has done that he’s not in this 16 that has been announced. He was good enough to be in the 15 for the World Cup. He got one opportunity in which he gave away 7.5 runs an over. So he will be certainly wondering what did he do wrong. I hope that somebody from the selection committee would tell him the reason [why] he’s out of this squad.”
Rahul Chahar’s form saw a dip in the second half of the IPL 2021. He picked 11 wickets in 7 matches in the India leg of the tournament. However, the second leg of the tournament saw him claiming only two wickets in four matches.
Young all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer also found a place in India’s squad for the T20Is. Sunil Gavaskar hopes that he gets more opportunities than some other all-rounders who were given a handful of chances.
“Wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. Look, down the order [batting] at six or seven with his medium pace stuff, because you are talking about a four-over spell – if you can do that then you’ve got another option. I think for the last three-four years we have just been fixated on one option, to the extent that we probably didn’t deal with Vijay Shankar and Shivam Dube the way we should have. But, here, hopefully, Venkatesh Iyer will get more opportunities than these two guys got because that might give us the options. And once you have options and competitions then nobody takes his place in the team for granted.”
The first T20 international between India and New Zealand is slated to be played on 17th November 2021, while the second and third matches will be played on 19th and 21st November 2021.