Chetan Sharma, India’s chief selector, has backed Varun Chakravarthy to do well in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman. Chakravarthy is picked in the Indian squad for the tournament.
The squad is filled with spinners where Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Rahul Chahar features in the 15-man squad.
Chetan Sharma believes his variations will benefit the team in the spin-friendly condition of the UAE.
“Varun has bowled really well at an economy rate of five in Sri Lanka. He is a mystery spinner and people find it difficult to read him. I would say he is the surprise package. This was the main reason to pick Varun as he is a mystery bowler.
“Ashwin is the only off-spinner. Varun is basically leg-spinner, mystery bowler, we haven’t understood, what will the batsmen understand,” he said.
Chetan Sharma, further, said Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel will do the duties of the all-rounder and both Jadeja and Axar’s bowling skills will suit the UAE condition as well.
“We have Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, so that was the main point, if the wickets are turning, then you have Axar and Jadeja with you. Hardik Pandya is one of the leading all-rounders India have, so the main aim was to just pack the team with all-rounders,” the 55-year-old explained.
Team India will start their campaign against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.
Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
Standby players: Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar